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The Geopolitical Audience: Watching Quantum of Solace (2008) in London

Dittmer, J; Dodds, K; (2013) The Geopolitical Audience: Watching Quantum of Solace (2008) in London. Popular Communication , 11 (1) 76 - 91. 10.1080/15405702.2013.747938. Green open access

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Abstract

This article argues for the intersection of popular geopolitics and audience studies in audience power. This is demonstrated through a survey of viewers attending the James Bond film Quantum of Solace (QoS) at three theatres in the greater London area. Geography emerged as relevant to audiences in three forms. First, geography was understood as a catalyst for resource-based wars, providing an opportunity to reflect on these conflicts and their future likelihood. Second, geography serves as a difference engine for producing tension and excitement. Finally, geography emerged through the situatedness of viewing and rhizomatic nature of subjectivity. However, these geographies must be understood as part of a larger geopolitical assemblage that is animated by audience power. In conclusion, we argue for an understanding of geopolitical space as constituted through audiences' constituent power to produce topologies. While audiences did not transform QoS into a radical text, this potential remains latent. © 2013 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Type: Article
Title: The Geopolitical Audience: Watching Quantum of Solace (2008) in London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/15405702.2013.747938
Additional information: © Jason Dittmer and Klaus Dodds. Published with license by Taylor & Francis This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1358307
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