The Politics of Glamour: Ideology and Democracy in the Screen Actors Guild

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Rarely are the off-screen lives of actors examined for evidence of deep thinking or good citizenship. Still more rarely do the internal workings of labor unions attract public scrutiny. Nevertheless, as David Prindle shows in his examination of democracy in the Screen Actors Guild, this actors’ union has for over 50 years been an arena for idealistic, yet intense and hardboiled political maneuvering.
    In The Politics of Glamour, readers become aware of the seriousness and political commitment displayed by people whom the general public has generally admired more for their artistic skills. After reading this account of politics among America’s screen royalty, no one could wonder about where Ronald Reagan, a former SAG president, received his political training.
    Besides analyzing the politics of SAG, however, the author follows a good story wherever it leads. The reader can expect to learn something about the political economy of Hollywood and the American labor movement, the value of celebrity within the acting community, the impact of technological change, and even a bit of gossip.

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David F. Prindle is professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. His first book, Petroleum Politics and the Texas Railroad Commission, received the V.O. Key Jr. Award given by the Southern Political Science Association to the best book on Southern politics. He is author of many books, including Stephen Jay Gould and the Politics of Evolution.

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This "case study of ideology and democracy" examines a unique union whose members are in a precarious profession where job stability and work conditions vary greatly. Prindle describes the "permanent internal strife" and "consistent split" in the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) between its conservative and progressive factions, which have fundamentally different beliefs and values about the role of unions as well as critical disagreements over guild policies. The book examines the impact and legacy--both personal and professional--of the blacklist and graylist of the 1940s and 1950s, concluding that the much publicized actions of SAG in the 1980s saw the legacy of militant anti-Communism become anti-anti-Communism. For students of contemporary American unionism.
- John R. Sillito, Weber State Coll. Lib., Ogden, Ut .
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