Adopting and developing a 'cultural politics' approach, this comprehensive study explores how Hollywood movies generate and reflect political myths about social and personal life that profoundly influence how we understand power relations. Instead of looking at genre, it employs three broad categories of film. 'Security' films present ideas concerning public order and disorder, citizen-state relations and the politics of fear. 'Relationalities' films highlight personal and intimate politics, bringing norms about identities, gender and sexuality into focus. In 'socially critical' films, particular issues and ideas are endowed with more overtly political significance. The book considers these categories as global political technologies implicated in hegemonic and 'soft power' relations whose reach is both deep and broad.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 384
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'This is an important book which helps us better understand a key political and cultural phenomena - Hollywood films. The book is engaging, packed with insights, and helps us understand film as 'political objects'. The authors remind us that we have to critically think about films as diverse as Avatar, Mama Mia! and Bride Wars, and see them not just as cultural artefacts; but as a wider part of reinforcing and sustaining wider power relations. This is a book that finely judges the balance between levity and gravity - it's a book with a serious project at this core, but never loses sight of the passion and excitement of cinema-going.' Rob Manwaring, Flinders University -- .
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