"You Can't Charge Innocent People for Saving Their Lives!" Work in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Author(s)Davies M
Publication type Article
JournalInternational Political Sociology
ISSN (print)1749-5679
ISSN (electronic)1749-5687
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer presents an argument about and critique of work that signals work’s transformation from an alienating burden imposed upon the worker into the prospect for autonomy and self-creation through the struggle to integrate creativity with sociability. This transformation of work is realized through a transformation of space that, in turn, signals a connection between the critique of work and the critique of International Relations. To begin to think of a possible world politics that can overcome the limiting of politics in International Relations may indeed require the kind of critique of work that Buffy the Vampire Slayer develops – a critique that much critical theory seems to have abandoned. Thus a critique of International Relations entails an analytical engagement with documents that can mediate between theoretical reflection and the lived dramas of everyday life, such as those mediations produced in popular culture.
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