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Holding Out for a Hero: Understanding American Militarism from Post-9/11 Hollywood’s Superhero Films

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Justina Buskaite

University of Amsterdam, NL
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Abstract

Increased focus on the American security and militarism after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States is not only reflected in the country’s foreign and domestic policy approaches, but also in its popular culture works. By exploring and analyzing a popular Marvel superhero franchise Captain America, the paper aims to understand the connection between the works of the popular culture and the influences of American militarism. The paper operationalizes concepts of security by David Campbell (1998) and American militarism by Lori Ann Crowe (2018) and explores all three films in the Captain America franchise through identity formation, corporate loyalty, costumes, superpowers and draws parallels between the manifestations of American militarism in real-life practices. In doing so, the paper argues that the influences of American militarism are not only prominent in the Captain America franchise, but they also enrich the understanding of American militarist practices and identity construction.
How to Cite: Buskaite, J., 2021. Holding Out for a Hero: Understanding American Militarism from Post-9/11 Hollywood’s Superhero Films. LSE Undergraduate Political Review, 4(1), pp.71–79.
Published on 01 Mar 2021.
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