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Homer Simpson Marches on Washington: Dissent through American Popular Culture

edited by Timothy M. Dale and Joseph J. Foy foreword by Kate Mulgrew

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328 pages  Pubdate: 03/19/2010  6 x 9  16 b&w photos, 5 graphs

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The Simpsons questions what is culturally acceptable, showcasing controversial issues like homosexuality, animal rights, the war on terror, and religion. This subtle form of political analysis is effective in changing opinions and attitudes on a large scale. Homer Simpson Marches on Washington explores the transformative power that enables popular culture to influence political agendas, frame the consciousness of audiences, and create profound shifts in values and ideals.

To investigate the full spectrum of popular culture in a democratic society, editors Timothy M. Dale and Joseph J. Foy gather a top-notch team of scholars who use television shows such as Star Trek, The X-Files, All in the Family, The View, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The Colbert Report, as well as movies and popular music, to investigate contemporary issues in American popular culture.

Timothy M. Dale, assistant professor of political science at the University of
Wisconsin–Green Bay, is coauthor of Political Thinking, Political Theory, and Civil Society. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Joseph J. Foy, assistant professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin–
Waukesha, is the editor of Homer Simpson Goes to Washington: American Politics through Popular Culture. He lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

"Popular culture is a growing area of interest, especially given its status as a major U.S. export in this rapidly globalizing world. Homer Simpson Marches on Washington is a useful and interesting work."--Margaret Ferguson, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis

"Homer Simpson Marches on Washington is essential reading for anyone who believes that mass media can be effective in exposing the oppressive powers the be and inspiring people to resist them."--catapult magazine

"Both Homer Simpson Goes to Washington and Homer Simpson Marches on Washington look at popular culture as not simply entertainment of the masses. Instead, pop culture can emphasize contemporary societal norms, or introduce new ideas and social constructs....Pop culture reaches a national audience, and as such, is inspiring nationwide conversations about politics, race, marriage, religion, etc. If you want to learn more about the basis for these conversations, these two books are excellent resources."--Annette Aguayo, Voices From the Earth