Entertaining the Citizen: When Politics and Popular Culture Converge

Entertaining the Citizen: When Politics and Popular Culture Converge


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Can politics be combined with entertainment? Can political involvement and participation be fun? Politics and popular culture are converging all the time, whether itOs in Arnold SchwarzeneggerOs election as governor of California or in political television dramas and movies like The West Wing and Dave. This book encourages readers to think about how links between entertainment and politics have the potential to rejuvenate citizenship, endorse civic values, and sustain civic commitment. Instead of discarding the popular as irrelevant or dangerous to the democratic process, Liesbet van Zoonen shows us the possibilities for increasing political knowledge and participation through the arenas of politics and popular music, political Osoaps,O political television dramas, and politicians as celebrities. A first-rate starting point for debate, Entertaining the Citizen will stimulate and entertain students and general readers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742529069
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/23/2004
Series: Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 9.28(w) x 6.22(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Liesbet van Zoonen is professor of media studies in the Amsterdam School of Communications Research at the University of Amsterdam.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1 Distinctions Chapter 3 2 Defamations: Politics as Soap Opera Chapter 4 3 Confrontations: Popular Music and Politics Chapter 5 4 Connections: The Fan Democracy Chapter 6 5 Personalization: The Celebrity Politician Chapter 7 6 Feminization? Female Politicians, Family, and Celebrity Chapter 8 7 Dramatizations: Plots in Politics Chapter 9 8 Presentations: Popular Resources for Citizenship Chapter 10 9 Discussions: Populism, Deliberation, and Diversity Chapter 11 References

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John Street

Liesbet van Zoonen's important new book is unusual in the way it treats politics and entertainment with equal seriousness. The result is a study that makes us rethink our understanding of political and cultural life—and of the ways they engage with each other.

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