Imperial Benevolence : U.S. Foreign Policy and American Popular Culture since 9/11 / Scott Laderman.
- Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 
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- In English.
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- This is a necessary and urgent read for anyone concerned about the United States' endless wars. Investigating multiple genres of popular culture alongside contemporary U.S. foreign policy and political economy, Imperial Benevolence shows that American popular culture continuously suppresses awareness of U.S. imperialism while assuming American exceptionalism and innocence. This is despite the fact that it is rarely a product of the state. Expertly coordinated essays by prominent historians and media scholars address the ways that movies and television series such as Zero Dark Thirty, The Avengers, and even The Walking Dead, as well as video games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops, have largely presented the United States as a global force for good. Popular culture, with few exceptions, has depicted the U.S. as a reluctant hegemon fiercely defending human rights and protecting or expanding democracy from the barbarians determined to destroy it.
A Brief Note on Terminology
Introduction. Camouflaging Empire. Imperial Benevolence In American Popular Culture / Laderman, Scott
One. Imperial Cry Faces. Women Lamenting The War On Terror / Adelman, Rebecca A.
Two. "Prowarrior, but not Necessarily Prowar". American Sniper, Sheep, and Sheepdogs / Martini, Edwin A.
Three. "The First Step Toward Curing The Postwar Blues Is A Return To Nature". Veterans' Outdoor Rehabilitation Programs And The Normalization of Empire / Kieran, David
Four. Exceptional Soldiers Imagining The Privatized Military On U.S. Television / Takacs, Stacy
Five. Obama's "Just War" The American Hero And Just Violence In Popular Television Series / Yoo, Min Kyung (Mia)
Six. Superhero Films Aft Er 9/11. Mitigating "Collateral Damage" In The Marvel Cinematic Universe / Gruenewald, Tim
Seven. Humanity'S Greatest Hope The American Ideal in Marvel's The Avengers / Griffin, Ross
Eight. The Perfect Cold War Movie For Today? Smoke And Mirrors In Steven Spielberg'S Vision Of The Cold War / Shaw, Tony
Nine. Disfiguring The Americas. Representing Drugs, Violence, And Immigration In The Age Of Trump / Kelly, Patrick William
Ten. Black Ops Diplomacy And The Foreign Policy of Popular Culture / Eschen, Penny M. Von
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- Laderman, Scott, editor., Editor,
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- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1525/9780520971028 doi
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