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The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture


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Dedicated to a renewed engagement with culture, this series fosters critical, contextual analyses and cross-disciplinary examinations of popular culture as a site of cultural politics. It welcomes theoretically grounded and critically engaged accounts of the politics of contemporary popular culture and the popular dimensions of cultural politics. Without being aligned to a specific theoretical or methodological approach, The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture publishes monographs and edited collections that promote dialogues on central subjects, such as representation, identity, power, consumption, citizenship, desire and difference. Offering approachable and insightful analyses that complicate race, class, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability and nation across various sites of production and consumption, including film, television, music, advertising, sport, fashion, food, youth, subcultures and new media, The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture welcomes work that explores the importance of text, context and subtext as these relate to the ways in which popular culture works alongside hegemony.

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Cultural Politics in the Age of Austerity

Cultural Politics in the Age of Austerity

1st Edition

Edited By David Berry
October 18, 2018

In 2008 another economic crisis emerged in the long history of capitalism which created a period of ‘austerity economics’ across many nations. Cultural Politics in the Age of Austerity examines how austerity has impacted upon cultural politics in relation to understanding how established power...

Superheroes and American Self Image From War to Watergate

Superheroes and American Self Image: From War to Watergate

1st Edition

By Michael Goodrum
June 16, 2017

This book offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of comic-books, mobilising them as a means to understand better the political context in which they are produced. Structured around key political events in the US between 1938 and 1975, the author combines analyses of visual and textual ...

Masculinity in Contemporary Quality Television

Masculinity in Contemporary Quality Television

1st Edition

By Michael Mario Albrecht
March 30, 2017

Recent years have seen a rise in the popularity and quantity of ’quality’ television programs, many of which featuring complicated versions of masculinity that are informed not only by the women’s movement of the sixties and seventies, but also by several decades of backlash and debate about the ...

The American Imperial Gothic Popular Culture, Empire, Violence

The American Imperial Gothic: Popular Culture, Empire, Violence

1st Edition

By Johan Höglund
September 09, 2016

The imagination of the early twenty-first century is catastrophic, with Hollywood blockbusters, novels, computer games, popular music, art and even political speeches all depicting a world consumed by vampires, zombies, meteors, aliens from outer space, disease, crazed terrorists and mad scientists...

Post-9/11 Heartland Horror Rural horror films in an era of urban terrorism

Post-9/11 Heartland Horror: Rural horror films in an era of urban terrorism

1st Edition

By Victoria McCollum
July 04, 2016

This book explores the resurgence of rural horror following the events of 9/11, as a number of filmmakers, inspired by the films of the 1970s, moved away from the characteristic industrial and urban settings of apocalyptic horror, to return to American heartland horror. Examining the revival of ...

Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Popular Fantasy Beyond boy wizards and kick-ass chicks

Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Popular Fantasy: Beyond boy wizards and kick-ass chicks

1st Edition

By Jude Roberts, Esther MacCallum-Stewart
June 16, 2016

This book explores the ways in which contemporary writers, artists, directors, producers and fans use the opportunities offered by popular fantasy to exceed or challenge norms of gender and sexuality, focusing on a range of media, including television episodes and series, films, video games and ...

Humor and Satire on Contemporary Television Animation and the American Joke

Humor and Satire on Contemporary Television: Animation and the American Joke

1st Edition

By Silas Kaine Ezell
May 27, 2016

This book examines contemporary American animated humor, focusing on popular animated television shows in order to explore the ways in which they engage with American culture and history, employing a peculiarly American way of using humor to discuss important cultural issues. With attention to ...

Beyond Hate White Power and Popular Culture

Beyond Hate: White Power and Popular Culture

1st Edition

By C. Richard King, David J. Leonard
August 20, 2014

Beyond Hate offers a critical ethnography of the virtual communities established and discursive networks activated through the online engagements of white separatists, white nationalists, and white supremacists with various popular cultural texts, including movies, music, television, sport, video ...

Consumerism on TV Popular Media from the 1950s to the Present

Consumerism on TV: Popular Media from the 1950s to the Present

1st Edition

By Alison Hulme
October 28, 2015

Presenting case studies of well-known shows including Will and Grace, Birds of a Feather, Sex and the City and Absolutely Fabulous, as well as 'reality' television, this book examines the transformations that have occurred in consumer society since its appearance and the ways in which these have ...

Wasted: Performing Addiction in America

Wasted: Performing Addiction in America

1st Edition

By Heath A. Diehl
November 28, 2015

Departing from the scholarly treatment of addiction as a form of rhetoric or discursive formation, Wasted: Performing Addiction in America focuses on the material, lived experience of addiction and the ways in which it is shaped by a ’metaphor of waste’, from the manner in which people describe the...

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