The Politics of Harry Potter

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-10-30
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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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 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.

Author Biography

Dr. Bethany Barratt was born in Lebanon, raised in the United States, and educated in the US and Britain. Her research includes human rights, foreign aid, and US and British foreign policy. Her most recent book is Human Rights and Foreign Aid: For Love or Money? (2007, Routledge).  Dr. Barratt is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and has also been an instructor at the University of California, Davis, and San Quentin State Prison. When she is not teaching at Roosevelt, she can be found in London conducting research, leading short-term study abroad courses, and peering under the seats in Kings’ Cross Station.

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 (Dumbledore’s 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, theHarry Potteroeuvre say about the current political moment?
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