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The Politics of Star Trek

Author : George A. Gonzalez
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The Star Trek franchise reflects, conveys, and comments upon the key philosophical tensions of the modern era. This book details the manner in which these tensions and controversies are manifested in Star Trek across its iterations, arguing that Star Trek offers an indispensable contribution to our understanding of politics in the modern era.

Star Trek and the Politics of Globalism

Author : George A. Gonzalez
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The Absolute, philosophized most saliently about by Georg Hegel, encompasses the entirety of reality. The absolute (reality) is composed of five dimensions – height, length, width, time, and justice. The five dimensions operate dialectically, and the normative values of reality inhere within the fifth dimension (justice) – hard, soft, moral, ethical, yellow, etc. ad infinitum. The normative values from the fifth dimension (justice), in combination with the brain, comprise the human mind. With the issues of climate change, world-wide biosphere destruction, nuclear weapons, international trade regimes, humanity has created the phenomenon of global politics – thereby changing the fifth dimension. The argument in this volume is that the broadcast iterations of Star Trek allow us to comprehend significant aspects of justice and the politics of globalism – created through the advent of science, technology, engineering, etc. The creators of Star Trek hold that nationalism is a psychological pathology and internationalism is rationality.

The Politics of Star Trek

Author : Reinhard Kück
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The book gives abrief summary of the main political issues dealt with in the TV-show. Other than my book "Star Trek:Politics" does it not give full episode descriptions. This book is an exerpt from my book "Star Trek:Politics", and for those readers who know already the bulk of Trek episodes.Abstract: in 704 episodes, Star Trek deliberates on mainly the same themes, i.e. friendship, tolerance, racism, feminism, capitalism etc. The themes vary in the way they are shown on TV or the silver screen. The political culture, which is the show's social environment, exerts its believe-systems on the franchise, which in return incorporates these political and cultural developments in its story. Star Trek actually is a true mirror of the political culture of the United States of America.This book is unauthorized by the makers of Star Trek films, broadcasts, merchandise, conventions etc.

The Final Frontier

Author : Joel R. Campbell
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This book examines politics in terms of space fiction, international relations and theory, using the Star Wars and Star Trek television and movie franchises to illustrate these dimensions.

The Absolute and Star Trek

Author : George A. Gonzalez
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This volume explains how Star Trek allows viewers to comprehend significant aspects of Georg Hegel’s concept the absolute, the driving force behind history. Gonzalez, with wit and wisdom, explains how Star Trek exhibits central elements of the absolute. He describes how themes and ethos central to the show display the concept beautifully. For instance, the show posits that people must possess the correct attitudes in order to bring about an ideal society: a commitment to social justice; an unyielding commitment to the truth; and a similar commitment to scientific, intellectual discovery. These characteristics serve as perfect embodiments of Hegel’s conceptualization, and Gonzalez's analysis is sharp and exacting.

Otherworldly Politics

Author : Stephen Benedict Dyson
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Combining intellectual and real-world history with lucid theoretical analysis, the book is a vital challenge to scholars and a spur to creative thinking for fans of these three influential shows.

Star Trek Politics

Author : Reinhard Kuck
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"The author analyses hundreds of episodes after watching all 704 episodes of the franchise. He takes a close look at the values and politics behind the glossy surface of this TV show" -- T. p. verso.

Race Gender and Politics in Star Trek Deep Space Nine

Author : Sal Creber
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An original work detailing the representations of race, gender and political issues in the Star Trek series Deep Space Nine. Topics covered include the importance of Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks), the portrayal of transgender individuals within the Deep Space Nine canon, and the Cardassian Occupation of Bajor.Initially a dissertation, this short non-fiction book is an interesting and useful resource for any fans of the series, and of Star Trek as a whole.

The Politics of Star Trek

Author : George A. Gonzalez
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The Star Trek franchise reflects, conveys, and comments upon the key philosophical tensions of the modern era. This book details the manner in which these tensions and controversies are manifested in Star Trek across its iterations, arguing that Star Trek offers an indispensable contribution to our understanding of politics in the modern era.

Popular Culture and the Political Values of Neoliberalism

Author : George A. Gonzalez
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Reality is made up of absolute and casualty ideals. This book analyzes the lower aspects of absolute ideals that result in personal and social dysfunction and the ultimate end of civilization. Conversely, a society based on casualty and justice is stable and vibrant. It is a classless society, free of gender and ethnic biases.

Star Trek and Popular Culture

Author : George A. Gonzalez
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The 1960s (a.k.a. the 60s) remains a terrain of contemporary politics--with the values of period embraced or rejected, as well as differently interpreted. Popular culture is an important means to understand and analyze the political issues and controversies surrounding the 60s--egalitarianism, equality (civil rights, feminism), as well as anti-communism. In important and key instances popular culture (especially Star Trek [1966-1969]) was at the forefront of the progressive politics of the 60s. This book engages and analyzes the ongoing 60s through popular culture. The 60s is a pivotal period in American and world history--as the United States during this time turned away from white supremacy as official ideology. Also, the American public decidedly soured on U.S. military adventurism--as evidenced by broad public opposition to a military draft. Additionally, women (as a result of the feminism of the era) gained greater access to the public sphere and increased personal autonomy--non-discrimination (and anti-harassment) rules, abortion rights, and no fault divorce. Popular culture is philosophically significant because it allows people to cogitate reasons in the world--especially in the social, political realm. The creators of popular culture will often seek to offer the public authentic art, and much of the public seeks out authentic art. This makes American popular culture (in its finer forms) a viable source material about reason in the world. In this book the author doesn't seek to deconstruct popular culture; instead, he seeks to identify and analyze the reasons in the world depicted in it.

Gender and Sexuality in Star Trek

Author : David Greven
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Studying the Star Trek myth from the original 1960s series to the 2009 franchise-reboot film, this book challenges frequent accusations that the Star Trek saga refuses to represent queer sexuality. Arguing that Star Trek speaks to queer audiences through subtle yet provocative allegorical narratives, the analysis pays close attention to representations of gender, race, and sexuality to develop an understanding of the franchise’s queer sensibility. Topics include the 1960s original’s deconstruction of the male gaze and the traditional assumptions of male visual mastery; constructions of femininity in Star Trek: Voyager, particularly in the relationship between Captain Janeway and Seven of Nine; and the ways in which Star Trek: Enterprise’s adoption of neoconservative politics may have led to its commercial and aesthetic failure.

Popular Culture Conspiracy Theory and the Star Trek Text

Author : George A. Gonzalez
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The forward progress of society is not automatic and should not be taken for granted. The assassination President John F. Kennedy in 1963 ended his effort to deploy American prestige, power to forward progressive change worldwide. Today, there are political forces seeking to stop progressive social, political, economic change. Whatever their reasons, such forces are conspiring to impose authoritarianism to suppress the public’s desire for just, democratic governance, government. The brutality, violence, viciousness, racism (dystopia) of authoritarianism is becoming more and more the hallmark of world politics. Perhaps the most glaring aspect of this dystopia is the fact that the American state has been almost continuously at war for the past roughly 30 years – including a sinister, dastardly drone assassination program. One means to obscure the ongoing conspiracy to ultimately impose outright dictatorship on the American people and the rest of the world is to smear, malign critics of this conspiracy as guilt of conspiracy theory – advocating, embracing baseless fantasies. Worse yet, proponents of conspiracy theory (by implication) are deemed as psychologically suspect for arguing that political elites are engaged in a process to eliminate all meaningful vestiges of democracy.

Justice and Popular Culture

Author : George A. Gonzalez
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This book examines how humanity faces of the absence of a coherent, universal conception of justice. By analyzing Star Trek, this book argues that in order to obtain true democracy and justice the productive forces of society must be geared toward achieving a thriving society, the whole individual, and the ecology.

Anthropology of Star Trek

Author : Daryl G. Frazetti
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Explore the world of cultural anthropology through the lens of Star Trek. Star Trek acts as both cultutural mirror and cultural teacher through its role as contemporary mythos. Chatpers range from exploring the Prime Directive to Languages, Economics, and Political Ideologies. Get to know the rich diversity of the fandom culture that has persevered for the past 50 years, and why it is indeed a valid cultural entity.

Popular Culture as Art and Knowledge

Author : George A. Gonzalez
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To adjudicate between continental and analytic philosophy this book looks at the Star Trek television series, as well as Nazi cinema. Popular culture is germane to philosophy and contemporary politics because television creators attract viewers by conveying authentic philosophical and political motifs.

Political Science Fiction

Author : Donald M. Hassler
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As the science fiction writer Frederik Pohl observes in the lead essay, the contributors collectively find science fiction to be either implicitly or explicitly political by its very nature.

Exploring Star Trek Voyager

Author : Robert L. Lively
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In 1995, Star Trek: Voyager brought a new dynamic to Star Trek's familiar, starship oriented, show. Lost 70,000 light-years in space, Voyager and its crew faced an uncertain and changeable future, echoing anxieties felt in the United States at the time. These fifteen essays explore the context, characters, and themes of Star Trek: Voyager, as they relate to the culture and zeitgeist of the 1990s. Essays on gender show how the series both challenges and reinforces typical SF stereotypes through the characters of Captain Janeway, Kes and Seven of Nine, while essays on identity examine the show's intersections with disability studies, race and multiracial identities, family dynamics, and emerging AI and humanity. Using the epic journey of Homer's Odyssey as a starting point for the series, and ending with an examination of the impacts of inception at the birth of the internet age, this book shows the many ways in which Voyager negotiated different perspectives for what the future of the galaxy and the USA could be.

Homer Simpson Marches on Washington

Author : Timothy M. Dale
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The Simpsons questions what is culturally acceptable, showcasing controversial issues like homosexuality, animal rights, the war on terror, and religion. This subtle form of political analysis is effective in changing opinions and attitudes on a large scale. Homer Simpson Marches on Washington explores the transformative power that enables popular culture to influence political agendas, frame the consciousness of audiences, and create profound shifts in values and ideals. To investigate the full spectrum of popular culture in a democratic society, editors Timothy M. Dale and Joseph J. Foy gather a top-notch team of scholars who use television shows such as Star Trek, The X-Files, All in the Family, The View, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The Colbert Report, as well as movies and popular music, to investigate contemporary issues in American popular culture.

Beyond representation

Author : Geraldine Harris
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Beyond representation explores whether the last thirty years witnessed signs of 'progress’ or ’progressiveness’ in the representation of ‘marginalised’ or subaltern identity categories within television drama in Britain and the US. In doing so, it interrogates some of the key assumptions concerning the relationship between aesthetics and the politics of identity that have influenced and informed television drama criticism during this period. This book examines ideas around politics and aesthetics, which emerge from such theories as Marxist-socialism and postmodernism, feminism and postmodern feminism, anti-racism and postcolonialism, queer theory and theories of globalisation, and evaluates their impact on television criticism and on television as an institution. These discussions are consolidated through a number of case studies that offer analyses of a range of television drama texts including ‘Ally McBeal', 'Supply and Demand', 'The Bill', 'Second Generation', 'Star Trek: Enterprise', 'Queer as Folk', 'Metrosexuality' and 'The Murder of Stephen Lawrence'.