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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Rose Tyler: The ethics of care and the limit of agency
Author(s): Amy-Chinn, Dee
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Keywords: Rose Tyler
Doctor Who
Doctor Who (Television program)
Feminist theory
Issue Date: 2008
Date Deposited: 27-Aug-2009
Citation: Amy-Chinn D (2008) Rose Tyler: The ethics of care and the limit of agency. Science Fiction Film and Television, 1 (2), pp. 251-267.
Abstract: This article uses feminist moral theory to explore the ethical framework that underpins the 2005 revival of Doctor Who. Focusing on the character of Rose, it argues that in contrast to the action heroine, Rose’s strengths are caring and compassion – traditionally feminine virtues. Exploring the degree to which such a characterisation might be considered empowering, the article concludes that, in the context of Doctor Who, acts of care, when carried out by women, serve to limit agency and restrict the individual growth.
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