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Politics in Gotham

The Batman Universe and Political Thought

Editors: Picariello, Damien K. (Ed.)

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  • Uses popular culture phenomenon of Batman and the Batman universe to explore issues of politics and political thought
  • Provides a reader-friendly introduction to key issues in political thought and political theory
  • Compiles together interdisciplinary scholarship at the crossroads of political science, philosophy, film studies, comics studies, and popular culture
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About this book

In Politics in Gotham, scholars from a variety of fields—political science, philosophy, law, and others—provide answers to the question: “What does Batman have to do with politics?” Contributors use the Batman canon, from the comics to the feature films, to explore a broad range of issues in politics and political thought. What can Batman’s role in Gotham City teach us about democracy? How do Batman’s vigilantism and his violence fit within a society committed to the rule of law? What’s the relationship between politics in Gotham and politics in our own communities? From Machiavelli to the fake news phenomenon, this book provides a compelling introduction to the politics behind one of the world’s most enduring pop culture figures.

About the authors

Damien K. Picariello is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina Sumter, USA

Reviews

“Thought-provoking, rigorous, and inspired, Politics in Gotham is at once a celebration of the deep, rich mythology of the Dark Knight and a daring interrogation of its implications in today's world.” (Scott Snyder, Writer of Batman, Justice League, and American Vampire)

“80 years of Batman across various media provides a fertile ground to explore the politics of narrative, gender, justice and heroism as they play out in the streets of Gotham… Politics in Gotham is a timely and welcome addition to the literature on Batman.” (Matthew J. Costello, Professor of Political Science, Saint Xavier University, USA)

“A lot of fun which simultaneously offers plenty of food for thought…being the comic book/super-hero geek I am, this tome could fuel enough heated and passionate conversations with all my geek friends to last us a full year on the comic con circuit.” (Michael Uslan, Executive Producer and originator of the Batman movie franchise, USA)

“A fascinating and truly unique reading experience.” (Derek McNeil, DCComicsNews.com)

“Rather than dismissing superheroes as fluff, these academics honor the genre with a respectfully laser-sharp lens. Every Batman fan deserves this book." (Chris Gavaler, Associate Professor of English, Washington & Lee University, USA, and author of Superhero Comics)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
price for Brazil (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-05776-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-3-030-05775-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Politics in Gotham
Book Subtitle
The Batman Universe and Political Thought
Editors
  • Damien K. Picariello
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05776-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05776-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05775-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 237
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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