In this important introduction to the field Jason Dittmer has brilliantly synthesized the literature on war, identity, geography, affect, media, and culture to produce a very readable guide to popular geopolitics. He clearly shows how everyday lives and popular entertainments are enmeshed in discourses of danger. Both a textbook and a theoretical synthesis, this engaging volume brings critical geopolitics to a wide audience of readers interested in contemporary violence and popular culture. -- Simon Dalby, Carleton University Jason Dittmer in a skilled and entertaining way takes the reader through the complex interrelationships between popular culture, identity, and critical geopolitics. The result is a satisfying tour d'horizon, which considers cartoons, comic books, film, television, video games, and the Internet on the one hand and, on the other, examples from the British Empire, contemporary America, and a host of other locales around the world. It is the book I, as a teacher, have been waiting for and will now adopt most gratefully for my classes. -- Klaus Dodds, University of London Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity is intended as a textbook for advanced undergraduate students but it could also serve as an introductory text for graduate seminars on culture and international politics, as it provides an eminently readable overview of theories, approaches and perspectives on popular culture and geopolitics in a variety of fields-philosophy, cultural studies, international relations, and geography. The book deftly tackles the limitations of the focus on visuality, representation and narration as privileged venues into politics. Political Geography The Richard Morrill Public Outreach Award is for an individual who has used her or his political geographic expertise to effect change (in public thought or public policy) beyond the academy. The board was particularly impressed with the very readable merger of social theory and critical geopolitics and the potential the book has to reach a wide audience of non-academics. Political Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers Dittmer strives to give advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students an overview of this emerging sub-discipline by employing an easily digestible, informal tone as he examines its intellectual roots, underlying theories, and current debates... His casual tone keeps his audience from feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of his concepts. He includes enough history of the sub-discipline to provide context, without losing readers in an abyss of which social scientist said what. By the end of the book readers have a general understanding of the popular geopolitical landscape, and in the last chapter Dittmer leaves the readers with a valuable index of resources to which they can refer as they continue their explorations... Throughout his book, Dittmer establishes himself as a trustworthy mediator and conveyor of information, and helps pulls the reader out of his or her own social constructions and narratives so that by the end of the book the reader should ironically feel like they know less about themselves and the world. This text offers a great introduction to popular geopolitics for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students as it has the usefulness of a textbook, but is an intriguing and accessible read. Social and Cultural Geography
About the Author
Jason Dittmer is lecturer in human geography at University College London.