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Nationalism and Popular Culture

1st Edition

Edited by Tim Nieguth


208 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367337636
pub: 2020-02-18
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How do nations come to shape our collective imagination so profoundly? This book argues that the power of national identity and national belonging stems, in part, from the ways in which nationalism is embedded in popular culture.

Comprised of chapters covering a wide range of cases from both the Global North and Global South (including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Europe, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States), the text unpacks the connections between nationalism and film, television, music, and other facets of everyday culture. In doing so, it demonstrates that popular culture can help us understand why and how nationhood has become so deeply entrenched in modern society.

This book will be of interest to scholars of political science, nationalism, sociology, history, media studies, and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

1. Popular Culture and Quotidian Nationalism

Tim Nieguth


2. Donut Nation: Tim Hortons and Canadian Identity

Yasmeen Abu-Laban

3. Völkisch Vibes: Neofolk, Place, Politics, and Pan-European Nationalism

Robert A. Saunders


4. Contemporary Israeli Television Challenges National Traumas

Adia Mendelson-Maoz and Liat Steir-Livny

5. The Burka and Beyond: Burka Avenger, Muslim Women, and Pakistani National Identity

Lena Saleh

6. triple J’s Hottest 100: Australia’s Largest Music Democracy?

Jennifer Phillips


7. Transnational Laughter: Reception and Conservative Policies of Transposition. The Case of The Nanny and Married with Children

Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns

8. Understanding Nationalism in Popular Culture through the Lenses of Affect and Circulation

Emily West


9. "Nothing Here Is What It Seems": Firefly, Anti-Statism, and American National Identity

Tim Nieguth

About the Editor

Tim Nieguth is Associate Professor of Political Science at Laurentian University. His research centres on nationalism, popular culture, and state apologies; his work has been published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Nations & Nationalism, and Space & Polity, among others. Dr. Nieguth is the editor of The Politics of Popular Culture and co-editor of Investigating Shrek.

About the Series

Popular Culture and World Politics

The Popular Culture World Politics (PCWP) book series is the forum for leading interdisciplinary research that explores the profound and diverse interconnections between popular culture and world politics. It aims to bring further innovation, rigor, and recognition to this emerging sub-field of international relations.

To these ends, the PCWP series is interested in various themes, from the juxtaposition of cultural artefacts that are increasingly global in scope and regional, local and domestic forms of production, distribution and consumption; to the confrontations between cultural life and global political, social, and economic forces; to the new or emergent forms of politics that result from the rescaling or internationalization of popular culture.

Similarly, the PCWP series wishes to provide a venue for work that explores the effects of new technologies and new media on established practices of representation and the making of political meaning. It encourages engagement with popular culture as a means for contesting powerful narratives of particular events and political settlements as well as explorations of the ways that popular culture informs mainstream political discourse. The PCWP series promotes investigation into how popular culture contributes to changing perceptions of time, space, scale, identity, and participation while establishing the outer limits of what is popularly understood as ‘political’ or ‘cultural’.

In addition to film, television, literature, and art, the PCWP series actively encourages research into diverse artefacts including sound, music, food cultures, gaming, design, architecture, programming, leisure, sport, fandom and celebrity. The series is fiercely pluralist in its approaches to the study of popular culture and world politics and is interested in the past, present, and future cultural dimensions of hegemony, resistance and power.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General