No Billionaire Left Behind Satirical Activism in America

ISBN-10: 0804781532

ISBN-13: 9780804781534

Edition: 2013

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Description: Growing economic inequality, corporate influence in politics, an eroding middle class. Many Americans leave it to politicians and the media to debate these topics in the public sphere. Yet other seemingly ordinary Americans have decided to enter the conversation of wealth in America by donning ball gowns, tiaras, tuxedos, and top hats and taking on the imagined roles of wealthy, powerful, and completely fictional characters. Why? InNo Billionaire Left Behind, Angelique Haugerud, who embedded herself within the "Billionaires" and was granted the name "Ivana Itall," explores the inner workings of these faux billionaires and mines the depths of democracy's relationship to political humor, satire, and irony.No Billionaire Left Behindis a compelling investigation into how satirical activists tackle two of the most contentious topics in contemporary American political culture: the increasingly profound division of wealth in America, and the role of big money in electoral politics. Anthropologist and author Angelique Haugerud deftly charts the evolution of a group named the Billionaires—a prominent network of satirists and activists who make a mockery of wealth in America—along with other satirical groups and figures to puzzle out their impact on politics and public opinion. In the spirit of popular programs likeThe Colbert ReportandThe Daily Show, the Billionaires demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge of economics and public affairs through the lens of satire and humor. Through participant observation, interviews, and archival research, Haugerud provides the first ethnographic study of the power and limitations of this evolving form of political organizing in this witty exploration of one group's efforts to raise hope and inspire action in America's current political climate.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 4/17/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

List of Figures
Introduction: The Comedy of Wealth?
Irony, Humor, Spectacle
"Times Are Good!" A New Gilded Age
Pre-Billionaires: Experiments in Satirical Activism, 1990s
Branded: Billionaires for Bush (and More)
Humor's Workshop, Humor's Witnesses
Media Players
After Satire?
Acknowledgments
Appendix: Research Methods
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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