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Spotlight On: Scholarly work about Star Trek

Last updated: 07/22/2015 | More Spotlight On content
Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the TV series (nowadays called Star Trek: The Original Series) that began this hyper-popular media franchise, a franchise which became a cultural phenomenon of its own. Owing to the Western media's high access to all corners of the globe, coupled with a set of characteristics that set Star Trek apart, not least its optimistic message about humankind, Star Trek has inspired millions of people of all ages. In fact, it's been doing so for almost 50 years, and unsurprisingly it found its way to academic writing as well.

The list we assembled (a fraction of what is out there) exemplifies well the breadth of academic material that refers to Star Trek in one way or another: from using an idea raised by the series and movies either as a metaphor or as a valid suggestion in need of inspection, to using the series itself, its consumption, or the widespread knowledge about it as the target of writing. Scholars who chose to make use of Star Trek in their writing come from virtually every discipline imaginable, including physics, biology, psychology, political science, sociology, law, and of course cultural studies. Moreover, as can be seen in the assembled list, the Star Trek franchise continues to inspire academic writing to this day.

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Bartnik, L., Farmer, K., Ireland, A., Murray, L. & Robinson, J. (2010) "We Will Be Assimilated: Five Experiences in Embedded Librarianship", Public Services Quarterly, 15 pages. doi: 10.1080/15228959.2010.498772. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/152... Abstract▼ 

Bernardi, D. (1998) Star Trek and History: Race-Ing Toward a White Future, Rutgers University Press, 247 pages. https://books.google.co.il/bo... Abstract▼ 

Bowring, M. A. (2004) "Resistance is Not Futile: Liberating Captain Janeway from the Masculine-Feminine Dualism of Leadership", Gender, Work and Organization, 25 pages. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2004.00239.x. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1... Abstract▼ 

Braschi, E. & McBride, H. M. (2010) "Mitochondria and the Culture of the Borg", BioEssays, 9 pages. doi: 10.1002/bies.201000073. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bie... Abstract▼ 

Brkich, C. A. & Barko, T. (2012) "“Our Most Lethal Enemy?”:star Trek, the Borg, and Methodological Simplicity", Qualitative Inquiry, 11 pages. doi: 10.1177/1077800412453019. http://qix.sagepub.com/cgi/co... Abstract▼ 

Buzan, B. (2010) "America in Space: The International Relations of Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica", Millennium - Journal of International Studies, 6 pages. doi: 10.1177/0305829810371016. http://mil.sagepub.com/cgi/co... Abstract▼ 

Consalvo, M. (2004) "Borg Babes, Drones, and the Collective: Reading Gender and the Body in Star Trek", Women's Studies in Communication, 27 pages. doi: 10.1080/07491409.2004.10162472. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/074... Abstract▼ 

Coppa, F. (2008) "Women, "Star Trek," and the Early Development of Fannish Vidding", Transformative Works and Cultures. http://journal.transformative... Abstract▼ 

Drum, R. W. & Gordon, R. (2003) "Star Trek Replicators and Diatom Nanotechnology", Trends in Biotechnology, 4 pages. doi: 10.1016/S0167-7799(03)00169-0. http://www.sciencedirect.com/... Abstract▼ 

Frankfurter, G. M. & McGoun, E. G. (2002) "Resistance is Futile: The Assimilation of Behavioral Finance", Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 15 pages. doi: 10.1016/S0167-2681(01)00241-4. http://www.sciencedirect.com/... Abstract▼ 

Herringer, L. G. (2000) "The Two Captains: A Research Exercise Using Star Trek", Teaching of Psychology, 2 pages.   [Misc.] http://top.sagepub.com/conten... Abstract▼ 

Jenkins, H. (1988) "Star Trek Rerun, Reread, Rewritten: Fan Writing as Textual Poaching", Critical Studies in Mass Communication, 23 pages. doi: 10.1080/15295038809366691. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/152... Abstract▼ 

Jindra, M. (1994) "Star Trek Fandom as a Religious Phenomenon", Sociology of Religion, 25 pages. doi: 10.2307/3712174. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3... Abstract▼ 

Joseph, P. & Carton, S. (1992) "The Law of the Federation: Images of Law, Lawyers, and the Legal System in Star Trek, the Next Generation", University of Toledo Law Review, 43 pages. http://heinonline.org/HOL/Lan...

Kozinets, R. V. (2001) "Utopian Enterprise: Articulating the Meanings of Star Trek's Culture of Consumption", Journal of Consumer Research, 22 pages. doi: 10.1086/321948. Abstract▼ 

Krauss, L. M. (2007) The Physics of Star Trek, Basic Books, 282 pages. https://books.google.co.il/bo... Abstract▼ 

Long, D. L. & Prat, C. S. (2002) "Memory for Star Trek: The Role of Prior Knowledge in Recognition Revisited", Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 10 pages. doi: 10.1037/0278-7393.28.6.1073. Abstract▼ 

Martinez, G. A. (1999) "Latinos, Assimilation and the Law: A Philosophical Perspective", Chicano-Latino Law Review. http://heinonline.org/HOL/Lan...

Purdy, R. (2014) "Legal and Regulatory Anticipation and ‘Beaming’ Presence Technologies", Law, Innovation and Technology, 46 pages. doi: 10.5235/17579961.6.2.147. http://www.tandfonline.com/do...

Tulloch, J. & Jenkins, H. (1995) Science Fiction Audiences: Watching Doctor Who and Star Trek, Routledge, 294 pages. https://books.google.co.il/bo... Abstract▼ 

Weldes, J. (1999) "Going Cultural: Star Trek, State Action, and Popular Culture", Millennium - Journal of International Studies, 18 pages. doi: 10.1177/03058298990280011201. http://mil.sagepub.com/cgi/co...

Williams, M. L. & Tyree, T. C. (2015) "The “Un-Quiet Queen”: An Analysis of Rapper Nicki Minaj in the "Fame" Comic Book" in Adrienne Trier-Bieniek [ed.] Feminist Theory and Pop Culture, Sense Publishers, 16 pages.   Chapter 4 http://link.springer.com/chap...

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