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Leadership, Popular Culture and Social Change

Edited by Kristin M.S. Bezio, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond and Kimberly Yost, Visiting Assistant Professor of Business and Leadership, Lourdes University, US
The newest generation of leaders was raised on a steady diet of popular culture artifacts mediated through technology, such as film, television and online gaming. As technology expands access to cultural production, popular culture continues to play an important role as an egalitarian vehicle for promoting ideological dissent and social change. The chapters in this book examine works and creators of popular culture – from literature to film and music to digital culture – in order to address the ways in which popular culture shapes and is shaped by leaders around the globe as they strive to change their social systems for the better.
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Publication Date: January 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78536 896 7
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The newest generation of leaders was raised on a steady diet of popular culture artifacts mediated through technology, such as film, television and online gaming. As technology expands access to cultural production, popular culture continues to play an important role as an egalitarian vehicle for promoting ideological dissent and social change. The chapters in this book examine works and creators of popular culture – from literature to film and music to digital culture – in order to address the ways in which popular culture shapes and is shaped by leaders around the globe as they strive to change their social systems for the better.

Now is an exceptional time to explore the synergy between leadership, popular culture and social change. With analyses that span time, genre and space, the book’s contributors investigate works of popular culture as objects of leadership that help us to both reinforce and question our understandings of who we are and how we want to reshape the world around us.

This dynamic examination of leadership presents a useful model of analysis not only for scholars of leadership and popular culture but also for cultural historians and educators across the humanities.
Contributors include: K.M.S. Bezio, V.K. Bratton, P.D. Catoira, H. Connell Schaaf, L. DelPrato, S.J. Erenrich, K. Ganesan, S. Guenther, E.M. Holowka, K. Klimek, M.A. Menaldo, N.O. Warner, K. Yost







Contents:

Introduction to Leadership, Popular Culture and Social Change
Kristin M.S. Bezio

PART I WRITTEN LEADERSHIP
1. Marlowe’s violent reformation: religion, government and rebellion on the Elizabethan Stage
Kristin M.S. Bezio

2. Abudllah Munsyi’s nineteenth-century travelogue and its continued influence on Malaysian Literatures in English
Kavitha Ganesan

3. Totalizing tyranny: Mario Vargas Llosa’s The Feast of the Goat
Mark A. Menaldo

4. Harry Potter and the leadership of resistance
Kimberly Yost

PART II AURAL/ORAL LEADERSHIP
5. Women troubadours, horizontal leadership and the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964: a missing chapter in Civil Rights movement history
Susan J. Erenrich

6. El Chapo for Presidente: an examination of leadership through Mexico’s Narcoculture
Patricia D. Catoira and Virginia K. Bratton

7. An idol leader: David Bowie, self-representation, otherness and sexual identity
Shawna Guenther

PART III VISUAL LEADERSHIP
8. A two-way street: the leader-follower dynamic in Glory and Twelve O’Clock High
Nicholas O. Warner

9. Becoming other: self-transformation and social change in Neill Blomkamp films
Kimberly Yost

10. Ready, aim, feel: empathy, identification and leadership in video games
Kristin M.S. Bezio

11. “War. War never changes”: using popular culture to teach traumatic events
Kimberly Klimek

PART IV DIGITAL LEADERSHIP
12. Between artifice and emotion: the “sad girls” of Instagram
Eileen Mary Holowka

13. How light painters lead through popular culture
Laura DelPrato

14. Beyond bans and beyond the classroom: Wikipedia, leadership and social change in higher education
Holly Connell Schaaf

Epilogue

Index