Synopses & Reviews
This political analysis of Harry Potter uses the beloved wizarding world to introduce readers to the equally murky and intimidating world of the political. Readers may be surprised to discover that in fact J. K. Rowling's work provides us with entries into all of the most important political questions in history - from current controversies about terrorism and human rights,to the classic foundations of political thought.
About the Author
Bethany Barratt is Director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project and Associate Professor of Political Science at Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. Her previous appointments include the University of California, Davis (where she won the graduate teaching award in 2000) and San Quentin State Prison. At the University of California she earned her PhD in Political Science with concentrations in International Relations, Quantitative Methods (supplemented by training at the Interuniversity Consortium on Political and Social Research, University of Michigan) and American Politics, and, at the same time, a PhD certificate in Social Theory and Comparative History while serving on the editorial board of the critical social theory journal,Theory and Society. Her books cover topics as diverse as human rights under the war on terror (International Human Rights Since 9/11: A Sourcebook, Forthcoming), political themes in popular literature (The Politics of Harry Potter, 2012), public opinion and foreign policy (Public Opinion and International Intervention, 2012), and the role of human rights in foreign aid decisions (Human Rights and Foreign Aid: for Love or Money?, 2007). Her articles and essays have appeared in many leading outlets including Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Perspectives on Politics, Public Opinion Pros, and several edited volumes and encyclopedias.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Politics in the World of Harry Potter * Purebloods and Mudbloods: Race, Species and Power * Deatheaters and Dark Wizards: Terror and Counterterror * The Order of the Phoenix: Intelligence, Counterintelligence, and Secret Agencies * The DA (Dumbledores Army): Resistance from Below * “By Order of the Hogwarts High Inquisitor”: Bases of Authority. * Azkaban: Discipline, Punishment and Human Rights * Grunnings and Galleons: Consumerism and Capitalism * The Only One He Ever Feared: The Nature of War * Harry Potter in the Political World: What does the popularity of, and resistance to, the Harry Potter oeuvre say about the current political moment?