With 16 other contributing authors, [Monteverde and McCollum] cover different aspects of popular culture as it has unfolded during the Brexit-Trump era, with some emphasis on cinema. Together the authors make an important claim that popular culture has become, in a time of right-wing populism, more a channel for political expression and socially responsible activism than ever before. This theme is examined in 12 chapters, adopting at points the perspective of social protest and resistance, or paying homage to earlier scholars and social scientists, e.g., Tedd Gurr and Charles Tilly.... Fairly easy to read, the chapters eschew technical language and employ ethnographic narrative including quoted examples. From a theoretical point of view, the volume is informed by discourse analysis, uniting social trends and popular expressions of cultural resistance. Recommended.
Monteverde and McCollum have brought together a timely collection that examines a range of forms of and opportunities for presenting resistance within culture. They demonstrate how this work and the issues it deals with are urgently present within our everyday lives and how these examples can provide hope when that can appear in short supply.
A fantastic, urgent and lively collection that importantly thinks about what it means to resist in the here and now. Monteverde and McCollum are two of the most significant young scholars in Anglo-American cultural and media studies and this carefully curated edited collection reflects brilliantly their intelligence, craft and ethico-political commitment. A truly wonderful book.
12/30/21, Choice: This title was included in Choice’s “The Top 75 Community College Titles: December Edition” roundup.