1st Edition

Understanding Popular Culture and World Politics in the Digital Age

Edited By Laura J. Shepherd, Caitlin Hamilton Copyright 2016
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.