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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.

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Nationalism and Popular Culture

Nationalism and Popular Culture

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Tim Nieguth
April 15, 2020

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...

The Art of Global Power: Artwork and Popular Cultures as World-Making Practices

The Art of Global Power: Artwork and Popular Cultures as World-Making Practices

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Emily Merson
February 27, 2020

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,...

The Political Economy of Celebrity Activism

The Political Economy of Celebrity Activism

1st Edition

Nathan Farrell
August 07, 2019

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....

Modern Dystopian Fiction and Political Thought: Narratives of World Politics

Modern Dystopian Fiction and Political Thought: Narratives of World Politics

1st Edition

Adam Stock
October 30, 2018

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...

Imagining Neoliberal Globalization in Contemporary World Fiction

Imagining Neoliberal Globalization in Contemporary World Fiction

1st Edition

Michael Walonen
May 03, 2018

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...

Sexing War/Policing Gender: Motherhood, myth and women’s political violence

Sexing War/Policing Gender: Motherhood, myth and women’s political violence

1st Edition

Linda Åhäll
October 26, 2017

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...

Cultural Resistance, 9/11, and the War on Terror: Sensible Interventions

Cultural Resistance, 9/11, and the War on Terror: Sensible Interventions

1st Edition

Jenifer Chao
September 04, 2017

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...

The Politics of HBO’s The Wire: Everything is Connected

The Politics of HBO’s The Wire: Everything is Connected

1st Edition

Shirin Deylami, Jonathan Havercroft
December 02, 2016

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,...

The International Politics of Fashion: Being Fab in a Dangerous World

The International Politics of Fashion: Being Fab in a Dangerous World

1st Edition

Andreas Behnke
July 19, 2016

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...

Political Torture in Popular Culture: The Role of Representations in the Post-9/11 Torture Debate

Political Torture in Popular Culture: The Role of Representations in the Post-9/11 Torture Debate

1st Edition

Alex Adams
June 20, 2016

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...

Understanding Popular Culture and World Politics in the Digital Age

Understanding Popular Culture and World Politics in the Digital Age

1st Edition

Laura J. Shepherd, Caitlin Hamilton
June 02, 2016

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...

Documenting World Politics: A Critical Companion to IR and Non-Fiction Film

Documenting World Politics: A Critical Companion to IR and Non-Fiction Film

1st Edition

Rens Van Munster, Casper Sylvest
June 01, 2016

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...

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