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This book interrogates the interplay of cultural and political aspects of contemporary Hollywood movies. Using ‘security’ films dealing with public order and disorder (Part I), romantic comedies and other movies presenting intimate relationalities (Part II), socially engaged films offering overtly critical messages (Part III), and analysis of Hollywood’s global reach and impact (Part IV), it articulates and illustrates an original cultural politics approach to film. The book employs an expanded conception of ‘the political’ to enquire into power relations in public, private, and policy arenas in order to advance a new framework and methodology for cultural politics. It demonstrates how movies both reflect and produce political myths that largely uphold the status quo as they shape our dreams, identities, and selves.

Thomas C. Mills

conservative American norms, most famously in the uproar caused by John Lennon’s ‘more popular than Jesus’ comments in 1966. 97 While harder to discern in the earlier part of their career, this chapter argues that from the outset of their engagement with American cultural politics the Beatles, and the broader phenomenon the group generated, resonated with and contributed to those forces within the United States that posed a challenge to established norms. Marcy Lanza was a Beatles fan from New York swept up in the mania that greeted the group when they arrived in America

in Culture matters
Paul R. Deslandes

on Obscenity and Film Censorship (hereafter DCOFC), n.d. 13 Colin Clarke, ‘The Colin Clarke portfolio’, Him Exclusive , 2 (1975), 25. 14 ‘Man talk: Chat’, Him Exclusive , 4 (1975), 18. 15 Advertisement for the Mr Playguy Contest, Him Exclusive , 5 (1975), 47. For an account of the cultural politics of drag in American gay culture, see Betty Luther Hillman, ‘“The most profoundly revolutionary act a homosexual can engage in”: Drag and the politics of gender presentation in the San Francisco gay liberation movement, 1964–1972’, Journal of

in British queer history
ESPN and the Un-Americanisation of Global Football
Jon Lewis

This article examines the cultural politics of American soccer fandom, with specific attention paid to the ways in which the sport is positioned and platformed by the major sports networks, including, especially, cable televisions biggest player in the United States, ESPN. The networks‘ failure to exploit soccer as a marketable commodity can be traced to a persistent American futility at the sport on the international level, but it evinces as well a larger American cultural problematic, one in which ethnocentrism and isolationism is disguised, as it often is, as American exceptionalism.

Film Studies
Nigel Aston

This article focuses on the career and writings of a neglected eighteenth-century High Church cleric, Thomas Townson (1715–92). It aims to restate his contemporary prominence as a writer and pastor and present fresh research into the intergenerational transmission and reception of High Church ideas and practices within a distinctive religio-political milieu in Staffordshire and Cheshire. In this recovery of contexts, it notes Townson’s relatively slight inspirational importance within both the Hackney Phalanx and the earlier Oxford Movement, and argues that, while there were undoubted continuities and connections between the Georgian Church of England and the Tractarians, Townson’s marginality for most of the latter serves to confirm Peter Nockles’s emphasis on the Oxford Movement as, in many senses, a ‘new start’.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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Conspiracy and Narrative Masquerade in Schiller, Zschokke, Lewis and Hoffmann
Victor Sage

This essay brings together the popularity of Venice in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century as a setting for horror, terror and fantasy, and the narrative conventions of the Gothic. Focusing on Schiller, Zschokke, Lewis and Hoffmann, the article studies the representation of Venice as a Gothic labyrinth, in the context of the city‘s changing reputation as a political structure. ‘Venice’ is treated as a common set of signs which overlap between the literary field and the field of cultural politics: ‘plots’ are both political conspiracies and (carnivalised: doubled and disguised) narrative forms. All is given over to the dynamics of masquerade. The topography of the Venetian Republic is itself a political text, which carnivalises the ‘separation of powers’, while the texts of the Gothic writers are narrative masquerades which choose popular hybrid forms of comedy, folktale and horror, rather than Tragedy or Realism, to respond to Venice‘s tension between law and anarchy and the conflicting pressures of Enlightenment, Republicanism and Empire.

Gothic Studies
A Model for Historical Reflection in the Humanitarian Sector
Kevin O’Sullivan
Réiseal Ní Chéilleachair

the obvious, it is important to set the right tone for the discussions. Willingness to engage and respect for sharing information can be facilitated by carefully choosing speakers and commentators to stimulate the debate. In our case, the decision to pair practitioners with academic contributors in each of the thematic panels was an attempt to balance the value of individual experience with a more global reading of the cultural, political and

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Matthew Hunt
Sharon O’Brien
Patrick Cadwell
, and
Dónal P. O’Mathúna

receiving the word of the Other into one’s own home, one’s own dwelling’ ( 2007 : xvi). Humanitarian aid entails overcoming distances: geographic distances as national or international responders travel to a locale experiencing crisis, but also social, cultural, political and narrative distances due to the vastly divergent experiences of people caught up in crises. A key challenge for humanitarian ethics is to take account both of the steep asymmetries

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Resilience and the Language of Compassion
Diego I. Meza

), ‘ Humanitarianism with a Neo-Liberal face: Vulnerability intervention as vulnerability redistribution ’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies , doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2019.1573661 . Sum , N-L. and Jessop , B. ( 2013 ), Towards a Cultural Political Economy: Putting Culture in its Place ( Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA : Edward Elgar ). Toscano , A. ( 2017 ), ‘ Mario Castaño Bravo, memoria de un líder incansable ’, CINEP , 29 November . UARIV ( 2021 ), Eventos: Víctimas por hecho victimizante , www

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Batman Saves the Congo: How Celebrities Disrupt the Politics of Development
Alexandra Cosima Budabin
Lisa Ann Richey

, D. (ed.) ( 2011 ), Adventures in Aidland: The Anthropology of Professionals in International Development ( New York and Oxford : Berghahn Books ). Mostafanezhad , M. ( 2013 ), ‘ “Getting in Touch with Your Inner Angelina”: Celebrity Humanitarianism and the Cultural Politics of Gendered Generosity in Volunteer

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