Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Popular Culture, Science Fiction, and World Politics

  3. World Politics in Outer Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Naeem Inayatullah
      Pages 53-75
  4. Aliens Among Us

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Patricia Molloy
      Pages 99-121
  5. Future Worlds, Alternative Imaginings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Daniel H. Nexon
      Pages 143-167
    3. Geoffrey Whitehall
      Pages 169-193
    4. Neta C. Crawford
      Pages 195-220
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 221-230

About this book


This volume explores the science fiction/world politics intertext. Through detailed analyses of such texts as Blade Runner, Stalker, Star Trek, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the chapters in this volume examine the complex and sometimes contradictory relations between world politics, both as discipline and as practice, and discourses of science fiction. Offering a novel combination of popular culture analysis with major theoretical and empirical issues concerning world politics, Science Fiction and World Politics provides insights into the discursive constitution of both science fiction and world politics while highlighting the occasional challenges that the science fiction/world politics intertext launches at our common sense.


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About the authors

JUTTA WELDES is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Bristol. She is the author of Constructing National Interests: The United States and the Cuban Missile Crisis (Minnesota, 1999) and co-editor of Cultures of Insecurity: States, Communities, and the Production of Danger (Minnesota, 1999). She has published Going Cultural: Star Trek, State Action, and Popular Culture (Millennium, 1999) and Globalization is Science Fiction (Millennium, 2001), as well as other articles and book chapters on international relations theory and US foreign policy.

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