Harry Potter and International Relations

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Daniel H. Nexon, Iver B. Neumann
Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 245 pages
Why not take seriously the claim that Harry Potter's world intertwines with our own? In this timely yet otherworldly volume, more than a dozen scholars of international relations join hands to demonstrate how this well-loved artifact of popular culture reflects and shapes our own lifeworld. A wide range of historical and sociological sources shows how Harry's world contains aspects of our own. Practices such as quidditch dovetail quite clearly with 'muggle' sports, and the very British-ness of the books has, in translation into languages such as Turkish and Arabic, been transformed to reflect these unique cultures. Chapters on the political economy of the franchise as well as the scholarly problems of studying popular culture frame what is essentially a highly info-taining read.
 

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Contents

Producing Harry Potter Why the Medium Is Still the Message PATRICIA M GOFF
27
Glocal Hero Harry Potter Abroad PATRICK THADDLUS JACKSON AND PETER MANDAVILLE
45
Foreign Yet Familiar International Politics and the Reception of Potter in Turkey and Sweden ANN TOWNS AND BAHAR RUMELILI
61
Childrens Crusade The Religious Politics of Harry Potter MAIA A GEMMILL AND DANIEL H NEXON
79
Conflict and the NationState Magical Mirrors of Muggles and Refracted Images JENNIFER STERLINGFOLKER AND BRIAN FOLKER
103
Quidditch Imperialism and the SportWar Intertext DAVID LONG
127
Naturalizing Geography Harry Potter and the Realms of Muggles Magic Folks and Giants IVER B NEUMANN
157
The Fantasy of Realism or Mythology as Methodology MARTIN HALE
177
Dumbledores Pedagogy Knowledge and Virtue at Hogwarts TORBJORN I KNUTSEN
197
Bibliography
213
Index
233
About the Contributors
243
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Daniel H. Nexon is assistant professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University. Iver B. Neumann is associate professor of Russian studies at Oslo University and research professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.

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