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Popular Culture and World Politics

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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.

  • The Art of Global Power

    Artwork and Popular Cultures as World-Making Practices, 1st Edition

    Edited by Emily Merson

    Artwork and popular cultures are crucial sites of contesting and transforming power relationships in world politics. The contributors to this edited collection draw on their experiences across arts, activist, and academic communities to analyze how the global politics of colonialism, capitalism,…

    Hardback – 2020-02-27 
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  • Nationalism and Popular Culture

    1st Edition

    Edited by Tim Nieguth

    How do nations come to shape our collective imagination so profoundly? This book argues that the power of national identity and national belonging stems, in part, from the ways in which nationalism is embedded in popular culture. Comprised of chapters covering a wide range of cases from both the…

    Hardback – 2020-02-18 
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  • Imagining Neoliberal Globalization in Contemporary World Fiction

    1st Edition

    By Michael Walonen

    We are in the midst of the third tectonic social transformation in human history. Our current transition toward greater forms of transnational interconnection, consumption- and finance-driven rather than production-based capitalism, digital information and cultural flows, and the attendant…

    Paperback – 2019-11-28
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  • The Political Economy of Celebrity Activism

    1st Edition

    Edited by Nathan Farrell

    This edited collection brings together scholarly works of both a theoretical and empirical nature to critically analyse the forms and functions of the contemporary celebrity activist and to examine how these intersect with the political economic structures in which celebrity activists operate.…

    Hardback – 2019-08-07
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  • Modern Dystopian Fiction and Political Thought

    Narratives of World Politics, 1st Edition

    By Adam Stock

    Over the past few years, ‘dystopia’ has become a word with increasing cultural currency. This volume argues that we live in dystopian times, and more specifically that a genre of fiction called "dystopia" has, above others, achieved symbolic cultural value in representing fears and anxieties about…

    Hardback – 2018-10-30
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  • Sexing War/Policing Gender

    Motherhood, myth and women’s political violence, 1st Edition

    By Linda Åhäll

    Historically, there has been reluctance, from mainstream IR scholars as well as feminists, to seriously engage with women’s agency in warfare. Instead, scholarship has tended to focus on women’s activism for peace or to ignore women’s agency altogether. This book rectifies this omission by…

    Paperback – 2017-10-26
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  • Cultural Resistance, 9/11, and the War on Terror

    Sensible Interventions, 1st Edition

    By Jenifer Chao

    Cultural Resistance, 9/11, and the War on Terror: Sensible Interventions offers a fresh account of the enduring cultural legacies of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks and the global war on terror through the critical lens of cultural resistance. It assesses the intersecting ways that…

    Hardback – 2017-09-04
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  • The Politics of HBO’s The Wire

    Everything is Connected, 1st Edition

    Edited by Shirin Deylami, Jonathan Havercroft

    This innovative new work suggests that The Wire reflects, not simply a cultural take on contemporary America, but a structural critique of the conditions of late-modernity and global capitalism. As such, it is a visual text worth investigating and exploring for its nuanced examination of power,…

    Paperback – 2016-12-02
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  • The International Politics of Fashion

    Being Fab in a Dangerous World, 1st Edition

    Edited by Andreas Behnke

    This book seeks to address and fill a puzzling omission in contemporary critical IR scholarship. Following on from the aesthetic turn in IR, critical and ‘postmodern’ IR has produced an impressive array of studies into movies, literature, music and art and the way these media produce, mediate, and…

    Hardback – 2016-07-19
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  • Political Torture in Popular Culture

    The Role of Representations in the Post-9/11 Torture Debate, 1st Edition

    By Alex Adams

    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…

    Hardback – 2016-06-20
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  • Understanding Popular Culture and World Politics in the Digital Age

    1st Edition

    Edited by Laura J. Shepherd, Caitlin Hamilton

    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…

    Hardback – 2016-06-02
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  • Documenting World Politics

    A Critical Companion to IR and Non-Fiction Film, 1st Edition

    Edited by Rens Van Munster, Casper Sylvest

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-06-01
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  • Post-Communist Aesthetics

    Revolutions, capitalism, violence, 1st Edition

    By Anca M. Pusca

    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,…

    Hardback – 2015-11-23
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  • Popular Culture, Political Economy and the Death of Feminism

    Why women are in refrigerators and other stories, 1st Edition

    By Penny Griffin

    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…

    Paperback – 2015-06-08
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  • Genre, Gender and the Effects of Neoliberalism

    The New Millennium Hollywood Rom Com, 1st Edition

    By Betty Kaklamanidou

    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…

    Paperback – 2015-03-04
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  • Aesthetic Modernism and Masculinity in Fascist Italy

    1st Edition

    By John Champagne

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-06-23
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  • Battlestar Galactica and International Relations

    1st Edition

    Edited by Nicholas J. Kiersey, Iver B. Neumann

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-05-30
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  • Gender, Violence and Popular Culture

    Telling Stories, 1st Edition

    By Laura J. Shepherd

    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,…

    Paperback – 2012-07-12
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