Using innovative interpretations of recent big budget films, Coronavirus Capitalism Goes to the Cinema interrogates the social, political and economic landscape during and prior to the COVID-19 crisis and provides lessons for advancing progressive politics in a post-pandemic age.
By exploring numerous films including Avengers: Endgame, Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, 1917, and Parasite, this short book provides a deep understanding about neoliberal society in a time of crisis. Facilitated by the ideas of Emma Goldman, Naomi Klein, Karl Marx, Noam Chomsky and many more, these movies are reinterpreted to point out our political blind spots, combat our non-COVID contagions and inoculate us into ideological herd immunity. From explorations of the supervillain-like decision-making of our political leaders to the inequalities in infection outcomes that sparked further Black Lives Matter protests, this book discusses the central social challenges we face today through the sights and sounds of some of the most beloved films of the very recent past.
This entertaining and accessible book will reward readers who are interested in contemporary politics in the context of COVID-19, as well as cinephiles and movie-goers who want fresh interpretations of instant classics to help explain the world around them. More than just informative and amusing, this book is a call to action to those activists who want social change in the face of coronavirus capitalism.
Table of Contents
1. Coronavirus Capitalism
2. The Pseudo-Superheroes
3. Medical Trench Warfare
4. Our Own Little Shitlers
5. If I Can’t Dance, It’s Not My Liberation
6. Fairy Tales and False Freedoms
7. The Great Equalizer
8. Macroparasites and Microaggressions
9. Fighting the Elements
10. I Can’t Breathe
Eugene Nulman is Senior Lecturer of Sociology at Birmingham City University and has research interests in the areas of political sociology, social movements, and media. He is the author of the book Climate Change and Social Movements: Civil Society and the Development of National Climate Change Policy along with numerous academic articles in journals such as Third World Quarterly; Media, Culture and Society and the European Journal of Social Theory.