The Interplay Between Political Theory and Movies

Bridging Two Worlds

  • Ulrich Hamenstädt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Ulrich Hamenstädt
    Pages 1-14
  3. Political Theory and Movies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. André Beckershoff
      Pages 17-31
    3. Ulrich Hamenstädt
      Pages 49-62
    4. Manon Westphal
      Pages 79-94
  4. Political Sociology and Movies

  5. International Relations and Movies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Burcu Sunar Cankurtaran
      Pages 217-234
    3. Michèle Meditz, Ulrich Hamenstädt
      Pages 235-247

About this book


This book presents essays and scientific contributions examining the link between popular media and politics. The essays focus on the question of how political and social change, concepts of power, and utopian elements are reflected in selected films and television series. The book applies a political science perspective, covering theories from political philosophy, political sociology and international relations, and examines a wide range of movies and TV series, such as The Godfather, Fight Club, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. It will appeal to anyone interested in studying how political ideas, concepts and messages can be illustrated and visualized using the complex media of movies and TV series.


Popular media Popular media and politics Movies and TV series Political philosophy Political sociology International relations

Editors and affiliations

  • Ulrich Hamenstädt
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Political ScienceUniversity of MünsterMuensterGermany

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