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Friendship Fictions: The Rhetoric of Citizenship in the Liberal Imaginary (Rhetoric Culture and Social Critique)

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A criticism often leveled at liberal democratic culture is its emphasis on the individual over community and private life over civic participation. However, liberal democratic culture has a more complicated relationship to notions of citizenship. As Michael Kaplan shows, citizenship comprises a major theme of popular entertainment, especially Hollywood film, and often takes the form of friendship narratives; and this is no accident. Examining the representations of citizenship-as-friendship in four Hollywood films (The Big Chill, Thelma and Louise, Lost in Translation, and Smoke), Kaplan argues that critics have misunderstood some of liberal democracyandrsquo;s most significant features: its resilience, its capacity for self-revision, and the cultural resonance of its model of citizenship.
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For Kaplan, friendshipandmdash;with its dynamic pacts, fluid alliances, and contingent communitiesandmdash;is one arena in which preconceptions about individual participation in civic life are contested and complicated. Friendship serves as a metaphor for citizenship and mirrors the individualandrsquo;s participation in civic life. Friendship Fictions unravels key implications of this metaphor and demonstrates how it can transform liberal culture into a more just and democratic way of life.and#160;

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Friendship serves as a metaphor for citizenship and mirrors the individualandrsquo;s participation in civic life. Friendship Fictions unravels key implications of this metaphor and demonstrates how it can transform liberal culture into a more just and democratic way of life.

About the Author

Michael A. Kaplan is Assistant Professor of Communications and Culture at Indiana University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817316891
Author:
Kaplan, Michael A.
Publisher:
University Alabama Press
Subject:
Citizenship in motion pictures
Subject:
Friendship in motion pictures
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Subject:
Communication Studies
Subject:
Intercultural Communications-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Albma Rhetoric Cult and Soc Crit
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 illustrations
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
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History and Social Science » World History » General

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Friendship serves as a metaphor for citizenship and mirrors the individualandrsquo;s participation in civic life. Friendship Fictions unravels key implications of this metaphor and demonstrates how it can transform liberal culture into a more just and democratic way of life.

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