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Hearts and Mines
The US Empire's Culture Industry
Tanner Mirrlees  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 1/15/2016
ISBN: 9780774830140    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 6/1/2016
ISBN: 9780774830157    

336 Pages


About the Book

From Katy Perry training alongside US Marines in a music video, to the global box-office mastery of the US military-supported Transformers franchise, to the explosion of war games such as Call of Duty, it's clear that the US security state is a dominant force in media culture. But is the ubiquity of cultural products that glorify the security state a new phenomenon? Or have Uncle Sam and Hollywood been friends for a long time?

Hearts and Mines examines the rise and reach of the US Empire's culture industry -- a nexus between the US's security state and media firms and the source of cultural products that promote American strategic interests around the world. Although the US government and media corporations pursue different interests on the world stage (the former, national security, and the latter, profit), this book documents how structural alliances and the synergistic relationships between them support the production and flow of empire-extolling cultural goods.

Building on and extending Herbert I. Schiller’s classic study of US Empire and communications, Tanner Mirrlees highlights the symbiotic geopolitical and economic relationships between the US state and media firms that drive the production of imperial culture.

About the Author(s)

Tanner Mirrlees is an assistant professor in the Communication and Digital Media Studies Program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). He is the author of Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization and co-editor of The Television Reader.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Personal is Geopolitical


Introduction: The US Empire’s Culture Industry, circa 2012

1. The US Empire and the Culture Industry

2. Public Diplomacy and Selling the American Way to the World

3. The US Culture Industry: Still Number One

4. The DOD--News Media Complex

5. The DOD--Hollywood Complex

6. The DOD--Digital Games Complex

Conclusion: US Empire, Cultural Imperialism, and Cultural Policy, at Large




"A great achievement and timely contribution to the field, Hearts and Mines will rise to the top of all reading lists on the subject of media and empire, US hegemony, and the political economy of communication."
-- Richard Maxwell, co-author of Greening the Media

"A fascinating, provocative book that invigorates our understanding of the relationship between the culture industries and US empire. Mirrlees detonates prevailing myths about the ‘liberal bias’ of popular culture through a meticulous excavation of how imperial political interests, values, and objectives are woven into the production of news, cinema, and digital gaming. Hearts and Mines will change how you think about the politics of culture."
-- Shane Gunster, author of Capitalizing on Culture: Critical Theory for Cultural Studies

Sample Chapter

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Related Topics

Communications Studies
Political Science
Media Studies
Security Studies

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