Homer Simpson Ponders Politics: Popular Culture as Political Theory

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Joseph J. Foy, Timothy M. Dale
University Press of Kentucky, Apr 24, 2013 - Social Science - 272 pages
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Outwardly it would appear that Arab and Jewish immigrants comprise two distinct groups with differing cultural backgrounds and an adversarial relationship. Yet, as immigrants who have settled in communities at a distance from metropolitan areas, both must negotiate complex identities. Growing up in Kentucky as the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants, Nora Rose Moosnick observed this traditionally mismatched pairing firsthand, finding that, Arab and Jewish immigrants have been brought together by their shared otherness and shared fears. Even more intriguing to Moosnick was the key role played by immigrant women of both cultures in family businesses -- a similarity which brings the two groups close together as they try to balance the demands of integration into American society.

In Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky: Stories of Audacity and Accomodation, Moosnick reveals how Jewish and Arab women have navigated the intersection of tradition, assimilation, and Kentucky's cultural landscape. The stories of ten women's experiences as immigrants or the children of immigrants join around common themes of public service to their communities, intergenerational relationships, running small businesses, and the difficulties of juggling family and work. Together, their compelling narratives challenge misconceptions and overcome the invisibility of Arabs and Jews in out of the way places in America.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 A Tale of Two Republics
13
2 Aristotles Politics and the Virtues of Springfield
29
3 Keep Your Friends Close but Your Enemies Closer
45
4 Social Contract
63
5 Dwight Schrute and Servile Ambition
75
6 Who Watches the Watchmen?
97
7 Avatar Marx and the Alienation of Labor
115
9 Muggles Magic and Misfits
147
10 Feminism Sexism and the Small Screen
163
11 From John Wayne to John McCLane
183
12 J R R Tolkiens The Hobbit or There and Back Again
203
13 Just Give Them the Internet
233
Acknowledgments
251
Contributors
253
Index
257

8 Nietzchean Narratives of Hero and Herd in Walt DisneyPixars The Incredibles
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Joseph J. Foy, associate campus dean and associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin--Waukesha, is the editor of Homer Simpson Goes to Washington: American Politics through Popular Culture and coeditor of Homer Simpson Marches on Washington: Dissent through American Popular Culture.

Timothy M. Dale, assistant professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin--La Crosse, is coeditor of Homer Simpson Marches on Washington: Dissent through American Popular Culture.

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