Politics first, laughter second? President Trump's border wall and the popular geopolitics of televised late-night political satire in the United States

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Politics first, laughter second? President Trump's border wall and the popular geopolitics of televised late-night political satire in the United States

Type: Master thesis
Title: Politics first, laughter second? President Trump's border wall and the popular geopolitics of televised late-night political satire in the United States
Author: Ho, Kimberley
Issue Date: 2019-08-30
Keywords: political satire
critical geopolitics
Donald Trump
securitization
border wall
Abstract: This thesis sets out to explore the ways in which coverage of President Trump’s border wall in late-night political satire challenges geopolitical representations of Latin America and Mexico. In doing so, it establishes the border wall as a product of securitization practices that were fueled by a constructed geopolitical imagery of Mexico and Latin America. However, the case study shows that televised political satire reshapes this threatening image by desecuritizing the issue of migration. Bringing together critical geopolitics, political satire, and critical security studies, this thesis fills a gap in literature by demonstrating that political satire can, and should, be taken seriously as an object of study for the field of critical geopolitics and International Relations, more broadly.
Supervisor: Nakamura, Mari
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: International Relations (Master)
Specialisation: Culture & Politics
ECTS Credits: 15
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/76077
 

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