This entertaining and enlightening book provides a guide to basic concepts and practices in capitalism, neoclassical economics, and political economy through an interpretation of popular films and novels of the past sixty years. Including works as varied as The Matrix, Lord of the Flies, The Dark Knight, Fight Club, and The Return of Martin Guerre, Ronnie D. Lipschutz describes and analyzes their essential role in the production and reproduction of contemporary society. His thoughtful and imaginative critique will bring to life the concepts and practices of economics and political economy for all readers.
Ronnie D. Lipschutz is professor of politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Chapter 1: Political Economy, Capitalism, and Popular Culture Chapter 2: Money and Desire Chapter 3: Bodies and Possessions Chapter 4: Development and Motion Chapter 5: Technology and Alienation Chapter 6: States and Regulations Chapter 7: Economy and Gender Chapter 8: Capitalism and Disruption Chapter 9: Through a Mirror, Darkly