Cultural Politics Essays

  • The Cultural Politics of Pokemon Capitalism

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    The Cultural Politics of Pokemon Capitalism It is fall 1999 and a jet from Japan has just pulled up to its berth at LAX airport in Los Angeles. Immediately a crowd of kids excitedly gathers by the window to view what appears to be a huge flying Pikachu: the yellowy cute, electrically charged mouse-type pocket monster of what was then the biggest kid’s craze of the decade, Pokemon. Even parents recognize this iconic figure, familiar as they are with the basics of the phenomenon. Starting out as

  • A Summary and Application of Presence and Resistance: Postmodernism and Cultural Politics in Contemporary American Performance

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    A Summary and Application of Presence and Resistance: Postmodernism and Cultural Politics in Contemporary American Performance Here it is a book seen from the outside. A book is only a book when seen from the outside. Seen from the inside, a book is not a book, but a train ride at night - Michael Goulish In his book Presence and Resistance, Philip Auslander responds to the claims of many prominent cultural theorists that recent performance has been unable to engage in political critique. He

  • Expanding the Literary Canon

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    Cleanth Brooks," and which he subsequently thoroughly revised and included in his 1993 book on canon formation, Cultural Capital: The Problem of literary Canon Formation This essay on the ways ideology and cultural politics complicates and informs canon formation, also discusses Guillory's theory concerning the death Joe Weixlmann who offers his own commentary concerning how ideology and politics of literary orthodoxy in favor of a more democratically situated heterodoxy, and how this concept of a heterodoxy

  • On the Futures of the Subject

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    of subjectivity. In response to the contemporary politics of representation, both in expressions of essentialist identity politics and in versions of social constructivism, and their implication of all pedagogical practices in transfers of power, I wish to project the question of the subject’s futures. I choose to discuss the limits of the interior, monadic subject for consideration not only its historical and contemporary effects in the politics of representation, but also for the possibility of

  • The Politics Of Cultural Work By Mark Banks

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    Book Review The politics of cultural work. Mark Banks. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007. 228pp. Hardcover, £74.00. ISBN: 978-0-230-01921-8 Mark Banks is Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. Before, he was Reader in Sociology at The Open University and Senior Lecture in Cultural Studies and Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University (University of Leicester, n.d.). With academic background both in sociology and cultural studies, Banks has been

  • Film Scholarship And The Cultural Politics Of The Dark Knight

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    Film Scholarship and the Cultural Politics of the Dark Knight”, Martin Fradley explores how Christopher Nolan imbues his Dark Knight trilogy with enough political intelligence and seriousness of purpose to “critically rehabilitate the most derogated of cinematic forms: the fantasy blockbuster

  • Political Fandom In The 2016 Presidential Election

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    The idea of fandom has carried over to politics, as there are now political fandoms (Pairkh). Political fandom, instead of being only cultural, is also ideological. Individuals have taken their love and energy, and instead of applying it to pop culture, have applied it to politics (sandvoss). They meet each of the five previously described levels of fandom. They have multiple modes of reception, such as news

  • The Argument for and Against Gender Quotas

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    parliaments. Consider the implications of your argument for different quota systems. The debate regarding gender identities in politics is today a protruding aspect in our society. Both the domestic and international gender roles and norms are central in the developments in the field of political science and International Relations. The inclusion of women into formal politics through quota systems is one of the key issues in focus for both the current societal debate as well as much of the academic

  • The Rise Of Party Polarization In James Q. Wilson's How Divided Are We?

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    are the most politically active, but as of late, the vast majority of the American public is spilt down the middle. The broad gap between liberals and conservatives is growing rapidly through the years. Which brings on questions of why there is a cultural division? While it is agreed by most political scientists that the media, elected officials, and interest groups are polarized on given issues, in James Q. Wilson’s article How Divided Are We? he discusses the factors that contribute to the division

  • Politics Paper

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    about politics this semester is that there is a constant struggle over the true definition, especially in how broad or narrow the definition is. When Thomas Jefferson wrote that “Politics are such torment that I would advise everyone I love not to mix with them.” it is understood that he is referring to the electoral and governmental aspects of politics. If Dr. Michael Rivage-Seul and Leslie Cagan were to read this quote, they would argue that Jefferson has an extremely narrow view of politics and

  • Women, Power and Politics by Sylvia Bashevkin

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    little book titled Women, Power, Politics maintains politics to be devalued, acknowledging the fact that only few people do vote, and women are unable to achieve within the realm of Canadian politics. Sylvia Bashevkin, the author of the book argues that Canadians have a profound unease with women in positions of political authority, what she calls the "women plus power equals discomfort" equation. She evaluates a range of barriers faced by women who enter politics, including the media's biased role

  • Powerlessness In Rural America

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    related to the job loss and the white working-class. Absent from this discussion is the economic hardships and status of another working-class population—farmers. Gest (2016) claims the working-class has become marginal in the American economy and politics, yet, farmers too are increasingly marginal, and these feelings of marginalization influence political behaviors; (Besser, 2009; Bosso, 2017; 1978; Green, 1985; Harris & Gilbert, 1982; Kaufman, 2016; Longworth, 2008). Additionally, the contentiousness

  • The Green Party Political Party

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    The Green Party A Green party is a political party based on principles of green politics. Green parties tend to revolve around social injustice, non-violence, and foundations of world peace. These political parties have not been around long but have made an impact in our political system. Green parties were founded in 2001 and are present in 91 countries around the world.The leader of the Green party in the United States as of 2012 is Jill Stein. The Green party is an organized political party

  • Analysis Of Plato's Timaeus

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    contemporary scholarship primarily concentrates on Plato’s metaphysics or his political and cultural thought, it would be fruitful to consider further how his metaphysics and political and cultural thought might be related to one another or inform each other. Plato’s Timaeus is, perhaps, the most productive dialogue to examine the close relationship between Plato’s metaphysics and his political and cultural thought since this dialogue covers both at some length. The opening of the Timaeus, which primarily

  • Salons in the 18th Century in France

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    music, and other pop culture. When you think about it, modern-day salons actually seem very similar to salons of the 18th century in France. Salons in the 18th century were held for discussions relating to art, fashion, politics, etc. These salons played a fundamental role in the cultural and intellectual development of France. Although salons provided a place for both women and men to congregate for intellectual discourse, women were the center of the life in the salon. These women carried a very important

  • Essay On Political Media

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    The dynamic of how politics are presented has been changing over the years. In A Cultural Approach to the Study of Mediated Citizenship, Jeffery P. Jones explains that news is presented by three central but flawed assumptions and he later proposes four ways that news media could use as an advantage to the older dated approaches. The three assumptions include: the news is the primary and ‘proper’ source of political communication, supplying citizens with information is the most important, and finally

  • A Discussion On Social Activism

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    reading response I will attempt to examine selective chapters of Another Politics in the context of driving transformative change and its relation to particular theoretical and practical frameworks of societal organization. When I think of Another Politics I imagine the historical, epistemological, and theoretical origins of social movements and transformations on local and global scales that ultimately initiated the “another politics”. Given that the book traces the key developments of social movements

  • How Did Progressive Reformers Influence Society

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    immigrant communities, progressive reformers and women’s movements began to influence mainstream political and social trends through the creation of cultural communities and new amendments and ideals . Immigrant communities bred crime, created ghettos and aid societies, and were the backbone of political machines. Progressive reformers influenced US politics and society through the use of direct primaries, Robert M. La Follette’s reforms and the conservation of the environment and women’s movements introduced

  • The Importance Of Public Space

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    spaces where increasingly diverse peoples negotiate such differences as language, ethnicity and race, and wealth. The fate of truly public space hinges on how these and other challenges are addressed, like exponential growth and increasing social and cultural complexity and other issues: Who has the right to the city? Who determines exclusion and expulsion from the ‘public’ and what effects does it hold on our fundamental ideals? (Blomley, 2000) At least since the Greek agora, public spaces have had a

  • Critical Analysis Of The Clash Of Civilizations

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    world. Samuel Huntington a prominent political scientist in the U.S tried to answer this question in 1996 when he published the “Clash of Civilizations” which discusses the primary source of future global conflicts. In it he mentions religion and cultural differences as being the main source of conflict in the post cold war world. In evaluating Huntington’s theory you must evaluate modern conflicts and global issues of the present and compare them to the ideas held in his theory to see if his beliefs