Policy Press

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Spectacle and Trumpism

An Embodied Assemblage Approach

By Jacob C. Miller

Published

18 Nov 2020

Page count

144 pages

ISBN

978-1529212501

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

18 Nov 2020

Page count

144 pages

ISBN

978-1529212525

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Spectacle and Trumpism

This radical and experimental book advances a new approach to understanding spectacle, one that helps us better understand how consumer culture paved the way for the post-truth politics of Donald Trump.

Miller innovatively blends social and political theory, newspaper articles and contemporary commentary on Trump and Trumpism to provide a unique perspective on how capitalism intersects with and enables fascistic forms of power.

His analysis contributes fresh insights to the rise of Trump and the politics of everyday consumer culture today.

“Thirty years ago, Félix Guattari likened Trump to an algal bloom, crowding out other lifeforms across entire city districts. Miller examines our predicament as this process assumes global proportions…” David Clarke, Swansea University

“From his golden aesthetic to his Covid-19 press conference performances and his iconic MAGA hats, Trump and Trumpism are only understandable via the lens of optics and spectacle. Jacob Miller offers us key contemporary insights both into Trump, and also into spectacle itself.” Jason Dittmer, University College London

“Offers a theoretically-sophisticated critique of identity politics, consumer culture, and the geographies of spectacle in Trump’s America. In a world saturated by punitive and pleasurable spectacle alike, it is needed now more than ever.” Natalie Koch, Syracuse University

Jacob C. Miller is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Northumbria University.

Introduction;

The Affects of Celebrity Brand;

(Head)Phoning It In;

Architectures of Wonder and Dismay;

Conclusion