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World politics and popular culture
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To make an overarching argument against the historical disassociation of popular culture and world politics, this chapter is structured in three parts. First, it considers how and why it is that popular culture has been excluded from the study of world politics. To do this, the chapter traces a critical historiography of the study of world politics, mindful of the insights of Michel Foucault, Robert Cox, and Thomas Kuhn. The chapter rebuilds the conceptual link between the two, focusing on the importance of culture and meaning. Last, it reflects on the insights of some of the work that has acknowledged and explored the continuum between popular culture and world politics. The study of popular culture and world politics in IR has, as in Film and American Studies, tended to focus on film over and above television.

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