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New world, old habits: Patriarchal ideology in Star Wars: A new hope

@article{Ellis2002NewWO,
  title={New world, old habits: Patriarchal ideology in Star Wars: A new hope},
  author={Kathleen Ellis},
  journal={Australian Screen Education Online},
  year={2002},
  pages={135}
}
  • Kathleen Ellis
  • Published 2002
  • Sociology
  • Australian Screen Education Online
Although Star Wars depicts a new world, it is one permeated with the ideology of an old one. If films are the ‘unconscious instruments of the ideology, which produces them Lucas ‘portrayed a world not dissimilar in its ideology to the world he grew up in’. Therefore, the values we associate with white middle-class California of the 1950s, which include sexism, racism and the promotion of a patriarchal, capitalist culture, are prevalent in Star Wars. Indeed, Lucas admits his desire to return to… Expand