• Marilyn Yaquinto


This chapter lays out the book’s key arguments, defines terms used, outlines theoretical approaches, and explains the synthesis of several fields of study that help locate meaningful patterns across the many characters under review. Also discussed here is the interplay between politics and popular culture, a type of soft power, with characters such as Dirty Harry or Jack Bauer often leveraged for their cultural clout. The rogue is soaked in American myths, underwritten by whiteness and hypermasculinity, and epitomizing rugged individualism. Whether western lawman, lone urban detective, or clandestine CIA agent, he acts alone to work outside the system (to save the system), using any means necessary that is justified if “noble” ends are achieved, especially in policing the Other, real and imagined, at home and abroad.

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  • Marilyn Yaquinto
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  1. 1.School of Social and Cultural StudiesTruman State UniversityKirksvilleUSA

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