'Life is a state of Mind' - Fiction, Society and Trump

Diken, Bulent and Laustsen, Carsten B. (2017) 'Life is a state of Mind' - Fiction, Society and Trump. Journal for Cultural Research, 21 (3). pp. 257-267. ISSN 1479-7585

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The article undertakes an allegorical double reading of Being There and Trump as instances of what we call socio-fiction. Crucially in this respect, reality and fiction are not two opposed realms. The two realms always interact in subtle ways, which is why cinema can be a resource for diagnostic social analysis. We first articulate a general commentary on the relationship between cinema and society, introducing the concept of ‘socio-fiction’. Secondly, we analyse Peter Sellers’ Being There, an interesting film focused on the relationship between reality and fiction. In this analysis, we elaborate on different ways of approaching fiction in a sociological prism. And finally, we discuss Trump as a fallout effect of Being There. After all, a film is not just an image of a reality, a shadow or appearance of a social fact; sometimes the reality itself seems to have become an appearance of an appearance, a shadow of a shadow.

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Journal for Cultural Research
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal for Cultural Research on 26/06/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14797585.2017.1343027
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?? cinemabeing theretrumpfictionpopulismcynicismcultural studiesanthropology ??
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