Publishing American identity: popular geopolitics, myth and The Reader's Digest

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Abstract

The recent emergence of a new 'critical geopolitics' has opened up traditional geopolitical texts for thorough interpretation. Yet there is little work which contextualizes traditional, elite geopolitical texts within the institutions of their social reproduction. The media are the prime example of a site of representation at which elite texts are interpreted in the terms of popular culture and assessed in these terms. It is also through socialization at these sites that elites form their interpretative structures. This paper will make the case for the importance of studying popular conceptions of geopolitics in America through an examination of the popular magazine The Reader's Digest from 1980-1990. textcopyright 1993.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
JournalPolitical Geography
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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