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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742539598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742539594
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This accessible and original volume will challenge both Harry Potter fans and students of world politics to think more deeply and critically about different forms of engagement between popular culture and world politics. Drawing on 'enjoyable evidence' from the Harry Potter universe, this diverse yet coherent collection of essays draws on one of western culture’s quintessential commercial mega-texts to demonstrate that our understanding of world politics can be significantly and agreeably expanded by delving into the riches of popular culture. (Jutta Weldes, University of Bristol, U.K.)

Nexon and Neumann explore an underdeveloped area of Harry Potter scholarship in a collection of essays covering a wide range of political and cultural topics. In a post-9/11world, international relations is a critical area of inquiry. Their book is a valuable contribution to the growing body of scholarly attention to the boy wizard and the magician who created him. (Lana Whited, Ferrum College)

A landmark in muggle studies. (The Daily Prophet)

Broaden[s] the contextual basis for thinking about international relations theory to encompass popular culture as well as political experience.... Contributes to the literature that explores how popular culture molds national identity and how aspects of local culture may clash with the process of globalization. (International Studies Review)

Armed with this volume, scholars who study or teach international relations will be better able to mine the works of Rowling for insights, analogies, comparisons, and examples. (Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr., The Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis International Studies Review)

Because of the quality of the insights that this book achieves in examining the relationship between culture and international relations, we as International Relations scholars can read Harry Potter and justify it as 'research.' (International Affairs)

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A landmark in muggle studies."—The Daily Prophet

"Nexon and Neumann explore an underdeveloped area of Harry Potter scholarship in a collection of essays covering a wide range of political and cultural topics. In a post-9/11world, international relations is a critical area of inquiry. Their book is a valuable contribution to the growing body of scholarly attention to the boy wizard and the magician who created him."—Lana Whited, Ferrum College

"This accessible and original volume will challenge both Harry Potter fans and students of world politics to think more deeply and critically about different forms of engagement between popular culture and world politics. Drawing on "enjoyable evidence" from the Harry Potter universe, this diverse yet coherent collection of essays draws on one of western culture's quintessential commercial mega-texts to demonstrate that our understanding of world politics can be significantly and agreeably expanded by delving into the riches of popular culture."—Jutta Weldes, University of Bristol

"An important contribution to the literature on popular culture and international relations that invites us to re-imagine the real world of international relations through the imagined world of Harry Potter."—Cynthia Weber, Lancaster University


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tortuga on February 7, 2012
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I am using this with a small group of students this semester and the initial chapters on globalization are quite interesting. Some of the chapters in which the analysis depends on the plot of the novels are limited by the fact this book was published before Deathly Hallows. One chapter--comparing the role of realist and liberal theories of collective identity in international relations--is especially weakened in this regard. I like the academic tone of the articles though some have clearly read the novels more thoroughly than others.
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I will be teaching middle and high school literature classes on Harry Potter this spring, so I checked this book out of the PINES library system (Georgia). I reached the end of the book and had so many pages dog-eared that I bought my own copy.

The book conveys serious and in-depth information, yet is not overwhelming in its tone or use of jargon. It is very well documented which I greatly appreciate.

I agree with the other reviewers that the book is weakened by its not taking Deathy Hallows into account, but if you bear that in mind as you read, it is not difficult to overcome.

Overall, I am thrilled with this work. Perhaps there is an updated version in the works?
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Despite a good analysis on international relations and its sub-areas, this collection of articles appears to be not so into Harry Potter. It's not that the author didn't read or does not know the history or the multimedia phenomena of Rowling's series, but, writing as a true fan of it, they were not so into it - or, at least, didn't use its full potential. The result is a book that offers some interesting insights, but can't go further and attract readers beyond those who were already Harry Potter fans.
Nevertheless, it's a good book and, at least as it "Daily Prophet" describes, "A groundbreaking in muggle studies".
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