‘True Blood’ and social exclusion: the vampire as a metaphor for othering

I think I may have once said I would never watch a certain vampire series because I had read the books it was based on, and they were so bad I wondered if a blood-sucker grabbed the editor around chapter 2 of the first volume. I said this before an impoverished week when the Owl couldn’t afford the video shop and we were left with the offerings available at the local library, and I let the Owl loose with my library card. P.S. Dear local library, I think you should have a little look at classifying your dvd section. Vampire-loving 12 year olds  love this shit, but their parents might be annoyed that they could readily access what is essentially really blood-thirsty porn. Of course, that was not why I was watching it with deep fascination. No, I was interested in the sociological implications, and there were enough of those to write numerous essays. Here are my dot-points for the issues to be addressed in the essay I will one day write when I finish dealing with the far less sexy and bloodthirsty theme of social exclusion amongst seasonal workers.

  • The vampire community depicted is a socially excluded group that are marginalised and forced to exist on the periphery of mainstream life because their difference is threatening to other sectors of the population – binary ‘us’ and ‘them’ perceptions of sub-culture 
  • no interaction with their peers – look at impacts of inability to participate in social activities i.e. sporting clubs, community organisations, voluntary and charity groups
  • Christian fundamentalists further exclude and denigrate vampires by resorting to populist arguments about ‘our way of life’, ‘good and evil’ – necessary for the Christian groups to support the status quo because money and power are bound up in their continued control
  • socio-economically deprived groups pleased by the creation of a class lower than their own, leap in to finally feel superior and defend a way of life in which they previously have been marginalised by others – insecurity and fear of the unknown manifesting as a kind of moral superiority
  • issues of patriarchal and hegemonic power inherent in the structuring of isolated regional communities, fear of difference

I could go on, but I really need to get a structure for my essay about social exclusion amongst seasonal workers. Although maybe I could borrow from the above dot-points.


One comment on “‘True Blood’ and social exclusion: the vampire as a metaphor for othering

  1. I love the way one preoccupation bleeds into another.

    Is social exclusion amongst seasonal workers really less bloodthirsty? Blood sucked from the soul has been my impression over many years on the periphery but on-side.

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