Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies

Peace and Resistance in Youth Cultures

Reading the Politics of Peacebuilding from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games

Authors: McEvoy-Levy, Siobhan

  • Uses Harry Potter and the Hunger Games to illuminate IR and peace and conflict issues
  • Combines pop culture, politics and peacebuilding
  • Offers a new framework for thinking about global youth activism and peace
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This book offers a rationale for and ways of reading popular culture for peace. It argues that we can improve peacebuilding theory and practice through examining popular culture’s youth revolutionaries and their outcomes - from their digital and plastic renderings to their living embodiments in local struggles for justice. The study combines insights from post-structural, post-colonial, feminist, youth studies and peace and conflict studies theories to analyze the literary themes, political uses, and cultural impacts of two hit book series – Harry Potter and The Hunger Games – tracing how these works have been transformed into visible political practices, including social justice advocacy and government propaganda in the War on Terror. Pop culture production and consumption help maintain global hierarchies of inequality and structural violence but can also connect people across divisions through fandom participation. Including chapters on fan activism, fan fiction, Guantanamo Bay detention center, youth as a discursive construct in IR, and the merchandizing and tourism opportunities connected with The Hunger Games, the book argues that through taking youth-oriented pop culture seriously, we can better understand the local, global and transnational spaces, discourses, and the relations of power, within which meanings and practices of peace are known, negotiated, encoded and obstructed. 

About the authors

Siobhán McEvoy-Levy is Professor of Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies at Butler University in Indianapolis, USA.

Reviews

“Siobhan McEvoy-Levy’s Peace and Resistance in Youth Cultures is the most compelling contribution to peace and conflict studies I’ve seen in decades. Combining conceptual innovation, sophisticated textual analysis, extraordinary issue-awareness, and a nuanced appreciation of popular culture, the book is a must read not only for those interested in peace and conflict but also for those who follow diverse genres of popular culture as well.” (Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawai’i, Manoa)

“Peace and Resistance in Youth Cultures is the right book for the right time. As evidenced by the votes for Brexit and Trump, a generation gap is opening up between the political views of young people and their elders the likes of which we haven’t seen since the 1960s. Dr. McEvoy-Levy sets her sights on the popular culture that provides the language for this difference, helping us to understand the popular geopolitics of young adult fiction and the ways in which it has filtered out of the text and into spaces of social media and protest.” (Dr Jason Dittmer, Professor of Political Geography, University College London)

 “In this fantastic and necessary study, McEvoy-Levy reveals how crucial popular culture is to the making, sustaining, understanding, challenging, and possibly undoing of dominant discourses and practices of peace in domestic and global politics. Combining clear insights about cutting-edge theoretical analyses from Foucault, Agamben, or Anzaldua with detailed, astute, and fun readings of young adult popular cultural productions such as the Harry Potter and Hunger Games texts and films, this volume meticulously examines how narratives about the possibility of peace (and the social identities they mobilize) are enabled, produced, distributed, undermined, or rejected through the work of popular cultural fictions. For anyone interested in understanding how peacebuilding is made on a daily basis through interactions individuals have with everyday culture, Peace and Resistance in Youth Cultures is a must-read.” (François Debrix, Professor of Political Science and ASPECT Director, Virginia Tech)

 “Popular culture frames how politics is seen, sensed and carried out.  In this fascinating and comprehensive book, Siobhán McEvoy-Levy shows how young adult literature has the potential to identify and resist discourses of war and militarization. By visualizing alternative and more just political worlds, youth culture can play an important role in conflict resolution and peacebuilding.” (Roland Bleiker, Professor, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Australia)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    McEvoy-Levy, Siobhan

    Pages 1-24

  • Reading Popular Culture for Peace: Theoretical Foundations

    McEvoy-Levy, Siobhan

    Pages 27-82

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Youth

    McEvoy-Levy, Siobhan

    Pages 83-117

  • Reading War and Peace in Harry Potter

    McEvoy-Levy, Siobhan

    Pages 121-142

  • Harry Potter in Guantanamo: Gothic War/Peace from Bush to Obama

    McEvoy-Levy, Siobhan

    Pages 143-184

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-49871-7
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Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-49870-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Peace and Resistance in Youth Cultures
Book Subtitle
Reading the Politics of Peacebuilding from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games
Authors
Series Title
Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49871-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-49871-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49870-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 422
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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