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The personal is political (in Breaking Bad)
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This chapter considers the predictable and the banal: the political nature of everyday life. It begins by sketching Breaking Bad's contemporary American landscape. The show draws on the sad reality plaguing much of the American heartland, which, coincidentally or otherwise, correlates broadly with levels of disaffection with the establishment. The chapter then touches on important issues of race, health, and drugs in the US and in Breaking Bad. It analyses the politics of masculinity in contemporary US society. Further, the chapter introduces feminist and critical gender literatures, arguing that the personal is political. Breaking Bad has clearly, for better or worse, made a powerful discursive intervention into America's enduring and contemporary political debates. Finally, the chapter explores Walter White's own personal journey from emasculated husband and disrespected teacher to alpha male drug kingpin and cold-blooded murderer.

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Fictional television and American Politics

From 9/11 to Donald Trump


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