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Understanding Popular Culture and World Politics in the Digital Age

1st Edition

Edited by Laura J. Shepherd, Caitlin Hamilton


208 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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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 real-time from the other side of the world, and online mapping means that the world ‘out there’ is now available on your mobile phone. Understanding Popular Culture and World Politics in the Digital Age engages these themes in contemporary world politics, to better understand how digital communication through new media technologies changes our encounters with the world.

Whether the focus is digital media, social networking or user-generated content, these sites of political activity and the artefacts they produce have much to tell us about how we engage world politics in the contemporary age. This volume represents the starting point of a dialogue about how digital technologies are beginning to impact the research and practice of scholars and practitioners in the field of International Relations, with the collection of cutting-edge essays dealing specifically with the intertextuality of world politics and digital popular culture.

This book will be of use to International Relations research academics (and critically engaged publics) interested in the core themes of global politics – subjectivity, militarism, humanitarianism, civil society organisation, and governance. The book also employs theories and techniques closely associated with other social science disciplines, including political theory, sociology, cultural studies and media studies.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: Theorising Popular Culture and World Politics in the Digital Age

  1. World Politics 2.0: An Introduction – Caitlin Hamilton
  2. The Potentiality and Limits of Understanding World Politics in a Transforming Global Media Landscape – Sebastian Kaempf
  3. Authors and Authenticity: Knowledge, Representation and Research in Contemporary World Politics – Laura J. Shepherd
  4. PART TWO: Interrogating Social Media

  5. Like and Share Forces: Making Sense of Military Social Media Sites – Rhys Crilley
  6. Marketing Militarism in the Digital Age: Arms Production, YouTube and Selling ‘National Security’ – Susan Jackson
  7. Remaking the Global: Social Media and Undocumented Immigrants in the US – Meghana Nayak
  8. The Digital Politics of Celebrity Activism Against Sexual Violence: Angelina Jolie as Global Mother – Annika Bergman Rosamond
  9. PART THREE: Digital Entertainment

  10. Playing War and Genocide: Endgame: Syria and Darfur is Dying – Jessica Auchter
  11. The Un-Scene Affects of On-Demand Access to War – M. Evren Eken
  12. ‘Pocket-Sized’ Politics: Binders, Big Bird, and Other Memes of the 2012 US Presidential Campaign – Sandra Yao
  13. Collaging Internet Parody Images: An Art-Inspired Methodology for Studying Laughter in World Politics – Saara Särmä

About the Editors

Laura J. Shepherd is Associate Professor of International Relations at UNSW Australia. She works at the intersection of gendered global politics, security, and the politics of representation. Laura is the author/editor of five books, including Gender Matters in Global Politics: A Feminist Introduction to International Relations (London: Routledge, 2nd edn, 2105) and Gender, Violence and Popular Culture: Telling Stories (London: Routledge, 2013).

Caitlin Hamilton is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at UNSW Australia. She is also the Managing Editor of the Australian Journal of International Affairs.

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:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies