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Popular Culture and World Politics

Edited by Matthew Davies, Kyle Grayson, Simon Philpott, Christina Rowley, Jutta Weldes

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.

New and Published Books

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  1. Aesthetic Modernism and Masculinity in Fascist Italy

    By John Champagne

    Series: Popular Culture and World Politics

    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...

    Published June 23rd 2014 by Routledge

  2. Battlestar Galactica and International Relations

    Edited by Nicholas J. Kiersey, Iver B. Neumann

    Series: Popular Culture and World Politics

    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...

    Published May 30th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Genre, Gender and the Effects of Neoliberalism

    The New Millennium Hollywood Rom Com

    By Betty Kaklamanidou

    Series: Popular Culture and World Politics

    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...

    Published January 4th 2013 by Routledge

  4. Gender, Violence and Popular Culture

    Telling Stories

    By Laura J. Shepherd

    Series: Popular Culture and World Politics

    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,...

    Published July 12th 2012 by Routledge

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