Political Economy, Capitalism, and Popular Culture

Political Economy, Capitalism, and Popular Culture

by Ronnie D. Lipschutz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742556514

ISBN-13: 2900742556514

Pub. Date: 01/16/2010

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

What does The Dark Knight have to do with political economy or Lord of the Flies with capitalism? A great deal, argues Ronnie Lipschutz in this entertaining and enlightening guide to basic concepts and practices in capitalism, neoclassical economics, and political economy. As he convincingly illustrates, film and fiction occupy a dual role in today's economy. They

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What does The Dark Knight have to do with political economy or Lord of the Flies with capitalism? A great deal, argues Ronnie Lipschutz in this entertaining and enlightening guide to basic concepts and practices in capitalism, neoclassical economics, and political economy. As he convincingly illustrates, film and fiction occupy a dual role in today's economy. They are the products of the economy, designed and presented as commodities to be sold in great quantities even as they serve to reproduce social beliefs and practices (e.g., torture comes to be seen as a routine and necessary means of extracting intelligence from suspects). Drawing on film and fiction from the past sixty years, Lipschutz describes and analyzes their essential role in the production and reproduction of contemporary society. His thoughtful and imaginative critique will bring to life the concepts and practices of economics and political economy for all readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900742556514
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/16/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
230

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Political Economy, Capitalism, and Popular Culture 1

2 Money and Desire 17

3 Bodies and Possessions 37

4 Development and Motion 59

5 Technology and Alienation 77

6 States and Regulations 99

7 Economy and Gender 119

8 Capitalism and Disruption 139

9 Through a Mirror, Darkly 163

Notes 167

Index 207

About the Author 219

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