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The origins and evolution of popular geopolitics: An interview with Jo Sharp and Klaus Dodds

Dittmer, J; (2018) The origins and evolution of popular geopolitics: An interview with Jo Sharp and Klaus Dodds. In: Popular Geopolitics: Plotting an Evolving Interdiscipline. (pp. 23-42). Routledge Green open access

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Abstract

When I was a PhD student (1999–2003) studying newspaper representations of Central and Eastern Europe during NATO and EU expansion, Klaus Dodds’s and Jo Sharp’s work was central to the way in which I came to position my work within wider literatures. More importantly, however, when I subsequently decided to shift from ‘legitimate’ news media to the decidedly more vulgar study of superheroes and their imbrication in geopolitical discourse, it was their critical opening into the worlds of popular culture that gave me the courage to push the boundaries of what was acceptable to study within the field of critical geopolitics. Both had paved the way for my work, Dodds with his analyses of political cartoons and James Bond films, and Sharp with her work looking at the treatment of Russia (as a mirror for American identity) in Reader’s Digest magazine. I think it is safe to say that, without these two scholars, there would either be no field of popular geopolitics or it would have taken a much different form at a much later date.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The origins and evolution of popular geopolitics: An interview with Jo Sharp and Klaus Dodds
ISBN-13: 9781351205030
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9781351205030
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10150870
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