Population, Mobility and Belonging: Understanding Population Concepts in Media, Culture and Society, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Population, Mobility and Belonging

Understanding Population Concepts in Media, Culture and Society, 1st Edition

By Rob Cover


256 pages

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Hardback: 9780367186876
pub: 2019-10-17
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In a world of increasing mobility and migration, population size and composition come under persistent scrutiny across public policy, public debate, and film and television. Drawing on media, cultural and social theory approaches, this book takes a fresh look at the concept of ‘population’ as a term that circulates outside the traditional disciplinary areas of demography, governance and statistics – a term which gives coherence to notions such as community, nation, the world and global humanity itself. It focuses on understanding how the concept of population governs ways of thinking about our own identities and forms of belonging at local, national and international levels; on the manner in which television genres fixate on depictions of overpopulation and underpopulation; on the emergence of questions of ethics of belonging and migration in relation to cities; on attitudes towards otherness; and on the use by an emergent alt-right politics of population in ‘forgotten people’ concepts. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, geography and media and cultural studies with interests in questions of belonging, citizenship and population.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Population as a Social, Media and Cultural Concept

Part 1: Population, Identity and Governance in Public Debates and (Inter)national Policy

2. Fertility Promotion, Power and Contemporary Eugenics

3. Crowded Concepts and the Politics of the Big Nation

4. Population and Identity

Part 2: Popular Culture, Population Size and the Composition of Peoples

5. Overpopulation in Visual Representation

6. Underpopulation and Apocalyptic Narratives

7. Genetics, Population Purity and the ‘Race of Devils’

Part Three: Ethics for Belonging to a Population

8. The ‘Forgotten’ People

9. Bodies, Racialised Populations and Practices of Othering

10. Attitudes of Welcome: Ethics of Cohabitation and Sustainability

About the Author

Rob Cover is Associate Professor and Deputy Head, School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. He is the author of Queer Youth Suicide, Culture and Identity: Unliveable Lives?, Vulnerability and Exposure: Footballer Scandals, Masculine Identity and Ethics, Emergent Identities: New Sexualities, Gender and Relationships in a Digital Era,and Digital Identities: Creating and Communicating the Online Self.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General