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"At a time when college students seem more likely to get their political news from 'The Daily Show' than newspapers or even television network news, this lively collection of essays will help them decode many of the political messages they receive from popular culture."―Bruce Altschuler, author of Acting Presidents: 100 Years of Plays about the Presidency"

"Winner of the Susan Koppelman Award

Winner of the Peter C. Rollins Award for Popular Culture"

"In a series of grounded, empirically and theoretically rich studies, Vaughn and Goren have brought together chapters that explore the relationships among gender, popular culture and the presidency in a thoughtful, nuanced way. These studies expose why and how popular culture reflects and shapes public consciousness about political life in general and gender in specific. The gendered reality of popular culture has profound implications for women's political prospects. This is an important, impressive book."―Lane Crothers, author of Globalization and American Popular Culture"

"Heightened interest by political scientists in analyzing the impact of shifting popular culture platforms on candidate framing, representations of gender and race, election dynamics and leadership strategies makes this eclectic volume a timely and stimulating foray . This is a rich, sometimes quirky and necessarily improvisational volume which hunts some very big game. The (mostly) younger scholars here energetically and eclectically traverse the multi-leveled terrain of mass culture, executive power, political engagement, political knowledge and the iterations of gender and race which run throughout. Vaughn and Goren's ambitious volume is an excellent effort that helps bring the specific ways of knowing offered by political science to the cross-field, cross-disciplinary urge to unpack the large-scale dynamics of culture and politics in a digital, entertainment age. This volume offers uniquely current content for courses on the American presidency, elections, media and politics, women and politics, race studies and pop culture."―Christine Kelly, professor of political science, William Paterson University"

"With its focus on popular culture, Women and the White House provides an important missing link in our understanding of the relationship between gender and the presidency. This path-breaking volume demonstrates the crucial and multifaceted role that popular culture plays in influencing and reflecting how women negotiate the terrain of high-level executive politics."―Susan J. Carroll, Professor of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University"

"Featuring twelve articles from a variety of accomplished scholars, this book considers the intersection of gender, popular culture, and the presidency from a multitude of angles. Covering such wide-ranging topics as SNL, the White House garden, Oprah, the West Wing, viral videos, Sarah Palin, history, and tabloids, this book sheds a lot of light on America's lack of a female Commander-in-Chief. With such an array of subjects, this book is sure to have something for anyone even vaguely interested in the gendered politics of the American system. I know I was both fascinated and enlightened. ― San Francisco Book Review"―Audrey Curtis, San Francisco Book Review

"Dear Appalachia breathes new life into literary reception studies....A dream text for courses in regionalism or southern or Appalachian literature, this work is also a model for American literary and cultural studies methods courses."―The Southern Literary Journal

About the Author

Justin S. Vaughn is assistant professor of political science at Boise State University.

Lilly J. Goren is professor of politics and global studies at Carroll University and the editor of You've Come a Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics, and Popular Culture.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky (October 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081314101X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813141015
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Exciting chapters identifying the power of media to move the general public toward more inclusive positions vis a vis women and other minority groups in American life. Well written and continually engaging to the reader interested in the future of our nation and how it might change for the better.
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