On the first page of this book I declared I had one aim. That aim was ‘to argue that some examples of classical Hollywood cinema tackle politics and issues relating to democracy in ways that deserve to be explored’. I am confident I have succeeded in my aim so that the five films I have discussed (a sixth if The Sound of Music is counted) demonstrate the stakes of modern democracy and democracy’s relation to the golden years of Hollywood cinema. What democracy is is no easy thing to define, and I have called upon a range of political thinkers in order to carefully flesh out an understanding of modern democracy, and also of the difficulties and complexities both underpinning and challenging contemporary conceptions of democracy. If I have tended to downplay issues of conflict between the theorists I have invoked — for no one can rightly believe that Laclau, Mouffe, Lefort, Balibar and Rancière are all making the same arguments — then that has been in the interest of presenting something which tends towards a united account of what is of central importance for conceptions of modern democracy.
KeywordsUnite Account Modern Democracy Contemporary Conception Easy Thing Democratic Equality
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