Now in a fully updated edition, this concise book explores the ways American movies, TV, music, fast food, sports, gaming, and fashion influence globalization. Projecting the future impact of popular culture, both from the United States and elsewhere, Crothers makes a powerful argument for its central role in shaping global politics and economies.
Lane Crothers is professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University and managing editor of the journal Populism. His books include Rage on the Right: The American Militia Movement from Ruby Ridge to Homeland Security Second Edition.
In a deeply textured and solidly researched book, Lane Crothers identifies the connections among American popular culture, the global reach of the U.S. movie industry, and the ability of films and television to transmit images, often conflicting, of the values of American society. Moreover, there is circularity in the process because the context of American popular culture can shape the content of American popular culture in films and television programs. This is an important book that contributes much to our understanding of the reach of American popular culture and the processes that create it. A must-read!