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Popular Culture and World Politics


About the Series

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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Political Torture in Popular Culture The Role of Representations in the Post-9/11 Torture Debate

Political Torture in Popular Culture: The Role of Representations in the Post-9/11 Torture Debate

1st Edition

By Alex Adams
June 23, 2016

Political Torture in Popular Culture argues that the literary, filmic, and popular cultural representation of political torture has been one of the defining dimensions of the torture debate that has taken place in the course of the post-9/11 global war on terrorism. The book argues that cultural ...

Understanding Popular Culture and World Politics in the Digital Age

Understanding Popular Culture and World Politics in the Digital Age

1st Edition

Edited By Laura J. Shepherd, Caitlin Hamilton
June 02, 2016

The practices of world politics are now scrutinised in a way that is unprecedented, with even those previously – or conventionally assumed to be – disengaged from international affairs being drawn into world politics by social media. Interactive websites allow users to follow election results in ...

Documenting World Politics A Critical Companion to IR and Non-Fiction Film

Documenting World Politics: A Critical Companion to IR and Non-Fiction Film

1st Edition

Edited By Rens Van Munster, Casper Sylvest
May 31, 2016

As a central component of contemporary culture, films mirror and shape political debate. Reflecting on this development, scholars in the field of International Relations (IR) increasingly explore the intersection of TV series, fiction film and global politics. So far, however, virtually no ...

Post-Communist Aesthetics Revolutions, capitalism, violence

Post-Communist Aesthetics: Revolutions, capitalism, violence

1st Edition

By Anca M. Pusca
November 20, 2015

In this book, Anca Pusca seeks to extend the aesthetic and cultural turn in international relations to an analysis of post-communist transitions in Central and Eastern Europe. Building on the philosophy of Walter Benjamin and Jacques Ranciere, the work investigates how post-communist film, ...

Popular Culture, Political Economy and the Death of Feminism Why women are in refrigerators and other stories

Popular Culture, Political Economy and the Death of Feminism: Why women are in refrigerators and other stories

1st Edition

By Penny Griffin
June 03, 2015

While some have argued that we live in a ‘postfeminist’ era that renders feminism irrelevant to people’s contemporary lives this book takes ‘feminism’, the source of eternal debate, contestation and ambivalence, and situates the term within the popular, cultural practices of everyday life. It ...

Genre, Gender and the Effects of Neoliberalism The New Millennium Hollywood Rom Com

Genre, Gender and the Effects of Neoliberalism: The New Millennium Hollywood Rom Com

1st Edition

By Betty Kaklamanidou
February 27, 2015

The romantic comedy has long been regarded as an inferior film genre by critics and scholars alike, accused of maintaining a strict narrative formula which is considered superficial and highly predictable. However, the genre has resisted the negative scholarly and critical comments and for the last...

Aesthetic Modernism and Masculinity in Fascist Italy

Aesthetic Modernism and Masculinity in Fascist Italy

1st Edition

By John Champagne
June 19, 2014

Aesthetic Modernism and Masculinity in Fascist Italy is an interdisciplinary historical re-reading of a series of representative texts that complicate our current understanding of the portrayal of masculinity in the Italian fascist era. Examining paintings, films, music and literature in light of ...

Battlestar Galactica and International Relations

Battlestar Galactica and International Relations

1st Edition

Edited By Nicholas J. Kiersey, Iver B. Neumann
May 30, 2014

Looking at a television franchise like Battlestar Galactica (BSG) is no longer news within the discipline of International Relations. A growing number of scholars in and out of IR are studying the importance of cultural artifacts – popular or otherwise – for the phenomena that make up the core of ...

Gender, Violence and Popular Culture Telling Stories

Gender, Violence and Popular Culture: Telling Stories

1st Edition

By Laura J. Shepherd
August 27, 2012

This book examines the intersection of gender and violence in popular culture. Drawing on the latest thinking in critical international relations, media and cultural studies and gender studies, it focuses in particular on a number of popular TV shows including Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ...

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