Rustics and Politics

Rustics and Politics : The Political Theory of the Beverly Hillbillies

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Leslie Dale Feldman's Rustics and Politics: The Political Theory of The Beverly Hillbillies looks at the political and economic themes in the classic post-World War II television show The Beverly Hillbillies. This book analyzes the show's handling of social status, social mobility, work, the American dream, and the idea of earned wealth versus wealth achieved by more

Product details

  • Hardback | 198 pages
  • 157.48 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1 black & white illustrations
  • 0739171488
  • 9780739171486

About Leslie Dale Feldman

Leslie Dale Feldman is professor of political science at Hofstra more

Review quote

Near the conclusion of her case that the 1960s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies addressed sundry questions about American culture and the American dream, Feldman maintains that while the show 'ask[ed] us to suspend our disbelief,' it, nonetheless, remained 'believable.' Some readers familiar with The Beverly Hillbillies may continue to question this claim even after reviewing Feldman's strenuous efforts to identify the, in her view, manifold ways in which Paul Henning, the show's creator, wove into his scripts commentary on American understandings of the relative merits of acquiring wealth through luck or achievement, the tension between urban culture and 'country values,' and the perennial question of whether or not money can buy one happiness. Feldman display's knowledge of classical and modern political thought and a talent for drawing on this knowledge to tease occasional insights out of even this most unlikely of source material that may appeal to undergraduates. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates all levels. CHOICE Informed by her command of classical and modern understandings of politics, economics, and human nature, Leslie Feldman's work on The Beverly Hillbillies shows us how the pursuit of happiness at the heart of the American dream finds its fulfillment not in possessions, wealth, or status, but in those experiences which prove the bedrock of our republic and the heart of shared civic life: family, friends, hard work, civic engagement, humility, and trust. In an era that some critics are calling a golden age of TV, Leslie Feldman reminds us that this classic of American television provides us with an education in civics every bit as insightful as its contemporary rivals. -- Bernard J. Dobski, Assumption Collegeshow more

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgments Intro Chapter 1: Labor Chapter 2: The Class War-in Beverly Hills? Chapter 3: Happiness is Just a thing called Jed Chapter 4: The Beverly Hillbillies and the American Dream Conclusion The Clampett Curse The Lottery Episode Guide Bibliographyshow more