Seeing the Bigger Picture

American and International Politics in Film and Popular Culture

by Mark Sachleben (Author) Kevan M. Yenerall (Author)
©2012 Textbook X, 367 Pages


Now in its second edition, Seeing the Bigger Picture examines the ways movies and popular culture can foster a deeper awareness of the political dilemmas and debates shaping our world.
Reviewing commercial films and documentaries, the text illustrates the myriad ways that film and popular culture shape our understanding of capitalism and democracy, war and terrorism, civil rights and social justice, campaigns and elections and the presidency.
This updated edition includes new chapters on media, human rights and the environment. In the aftermath of the American invasion of Iraq, the book discusses the broad new spectrum of films about war; it also looks at capitalism and financial markets in popular culture in light of the financial crisis of 2008.
Examining a range of vital issues that dot the political landscape, this is an excellent comprehensive text for students of film and politics, and a creative resource for courses in American government, international relations, popular culture and media studies. This edition is accompanied by a website with links to additional material and film clips that will help facilitate the study of film and politics.


X, 367
ISBN (Hardcover)
Film Politik politics film popular culture capitalism war terrorism civil rights social justice elections media environment ideology democracy presidency American government human rights political process perception USA campaigns international relations
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2012. X, 367 pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

Mark Sachleben (Author) Kevan M. Yenerall (Author)

Mark Sachleben is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Shippensburg University. He teaches classes in international relations, comparative politics, global governance, and human rights. He is the author of International Human Rights: Considering Patterns of Participation, 1948-2000 (2004) and he has published articles and chapters on pedagogy and comparative and international politics. Dr. Sachleben received his PhD from Miami University (Ohio) in 2003. Kevan M. Yenerall is Professor of Political Science at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He teaches courses in American politics and institutions an public policy. He has published articles and chapters on the presidency, parties and elections, the media, and human rights. Dr. Yenerall serves as a faculty leader and liaison with the Washington Center for Internship and Academic Seminars. He received his PhD from Miami University (Ohio).


Title: Seeing the Bigger Picture