Includes bibliographical references (p. -211) and index.
Introduction: White masculinities and the politics of representation -- Part I: 9-11/24-7 : affective time and the War on Terror. Jack Bauer's extraordinary rendition : neoliberal melodrama and the ethics of torture ; Future perfect : "everyday heroes" and the new exceptionalism -- Part II: Embodying difference : whiteness, class, and the postindustrial subject. Men's soaps : automotive television programming and contemporary working-class masculinities ; "My skin is it startin' to work to my benefit now" : Eminem's white trash aesthetic -- Part III: Daddy's home : family melodrama and the fictions of state. The fighting Irish : ethnic whiteness and million dollar baby ; Romancing the nation : family melodrama and the sentimental logics of neoliberalism.