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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness

Political Messages in Feature Films

Edited By Michael Haas

Feature films are jam-packed with political messages. This volume provides the tools for analyzing the politics embedded in films. Contributors reveal how subliminal messages are a clue to how the public perceives political reality through otherwise entertaining feature films.
The volume is divided into two parts: Part One focuses on defining political films while Part Two looks at how «politics» is defined within films. Contributors find several ways of defining «political films», but agree that while the messages in films may often seem progressive, they are usually quite conservative, with the aim of making as much money as possible for the people financing the films.
The book provides a history of political film and identifies several hundred films with specific political messages.
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About the Contributors


Editor Michael Haas received his college education at Stanford University and Yale University. After teaching at the University of Hawai‘i for thirty-five years, he retired to devote his full-time attention to writing. He also serves as President of the Political Film Society in Los Angeles, is a member of the California Senior Assembly, is on the Adjunct Faculty in Political Science of California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and is a member of the International Advisory Council of the University of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. He has edited and written a total of 49 books on government and politics, many of which focus on Asian politics. He maintains three websites related to his activities in regard to film, human rights, and recent publications. has a fuller biography. Due to his work on behalf of human rights, both through publications and some political activity in regard to American racism and foreign policy misadventures, he was nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

Andrew Aoki is professor and chair of the Political Science Department at Augsburg College (Minneapolis). He is also co-president of the American Political Science Association’s Organized Section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. His writing has included work on popular culture and politics, and on the battles over multicultural education. Recent publications have examined Asian American politics and the influences of immigration on American politics. His current projects are a study of the role of Asian Americans in the evolving ethnoracial order in the United States and...

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