The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty Vs. Authority in American Film and TV

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University Press of Kentucky, Nov 5, 2012 - Social Science - 461 pages

As Asian countries emerge as global economic powers, many undergo fundamental political transformations. In Korean Democracy in Transition: A Rational Blueprint for Developing Societies, HeeMin Kim evaluates the past thirty years of political change in South Korea, including the decision of the authoritarian government to open up the political process in 1987 and the presidential impeachment of 2004.

Kim uses rational choice theory -- which holds that individuals choose to act in ways that they think will give them the most benefit for the least cost -- to explain events central to South Korea's democratization process. Kim's theoretical and quantitative analysis provides a context for South Korea's remarkable transformation and offers predictions of what the future may hold for developing nations undergoing similar transitions.

Although there are studies in the field of Korean politics that provide an overview of this important period, there are none that offer the theoretical and analytical rigor of this study. Combining theoretical perspectives with policy-relevant discussion, Korean Democracy in Transition sheds new light on the Korean model of democratization and makes a significant contribution to the field of comparative politics.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Introduction to Part One
25
1 The Western and Western Drama
31
2 The Original Frontier
59
3 Order Out of the Mid
97
Introduction to Part Two
131
4 Mars Attacks
137
5 Flying Solo
167
7 The Fall of the House of Ulmer
223
8 America as Wasteland in Detour
243
Introduction to Part Four
271
9 The Truth Is Still Out There
277
10 UnAmerican Gothic
299
Acknowledgments
349
Notes
353
Index
435

6 Cartman Shrugged
189
Introduction to Part Three
215

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Paul A. Cantor is Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English at the University of Virginia. Among his wide-ranging and acclaimed writings on film and television, Gilligan Unbound: Pop Culture in the Age of Globalization was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2001 by the Los Angeles Times.

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