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American Grand Strategy under ObamaCompeting Discourses$
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Georg Löfflmann

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474419765

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419765.001.0001

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Filming Hegemony: Hollywood and the Manichean Script of Geopolitics

Filming Hegemony: Hollywood and the Manichean Script of Geopolitics

(p.35) Chapter 2 Filming Hegemony: Hollywood and the Manichean Script of Geopolitics
American Grand Strategy under Obama

Georg Löfflmann

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter focuses on popular culture as key site for the production of constructs of geopolitical identity and practices of national security as common sense knowledge and conventional wisdom, examining popular Hollywood movies of the ‘national security cinema’ and the involvement of the Pentagon in the filmmaking process. Representations of geopolitical identity and national security are analyzed in some of the commercially most successful films in the United States released between 2009 and 2015. The chapter’s analysis testifies to the enduring popularity of key ideational themes and mythologies, such as American exceptionalism, military heroism, and external threats endangering the existence of the United States, its interests and values under the Obama presidency. The serial reproduction of these national security narratives, realized in multi-million dollar film productions, illustrates the cross-discursive leverage of American hegemony over alternative formulations of grand strategy under the Obama presidency and the popularity of a particular national security imagery of American geopolitical identity.

Keywords:   Hollywood, Popular Culture, Super Heroes, American Exceptionalism, National Security Cinema, Pentagon

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