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Celebrity culture and the American dream : stardom and social mobility

Author: Karen Sternheimer
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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"Celebrity Culture and the American Dream, Second Edition considers how major economic and historical factors shaped the nature of celebrity culture as we know it today, retaining the first edition's examples from the first celebrity fan magazines of 1911 to the present and expanding to include updated examples and additional discussion on the role of the internet and social media in today's celebrity culture.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Sternheimer
ISBN: 9781138023949 1138023949 9781138023956 1138023957
OCLC Number: 884440000
Description: xvi, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The American dream : celebrity, class, and social mobility --
Beyond subsistence : the rise of the middle class in the twentieth century --
Prosperity and wealth arrive : boom times and women's suffrage in the 1920s --
Pull yourself up by your bootstraps : personal failure and the Great Depression --
We're all in this together : collectivism and World War II --
Suburban utopia : the postwar middle class fantasy --
Is that all there is? : challenging the suburban fantasy in the sixties and seventies --
Massive wealth as moral reward : the Reagan revolution and individualism --
Success just for being you : opportunity in the Internet age.
Responsibility: Karen Sternheimer.

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"Celebrity Culture and the American Dream, Second Edition considers how major economic and historical factors shaped the nature of celebrity culture as we know it today, retaining the first edition's examples from the first celebrity fan magazines of 1911 to the present and expanding to include updated examples and additional discussion on the role of the internet and social media in today's celebrity culture. Equally important, the book explains how and why the story of Hollywood celebrities matters, sociologically speaking, to an understanding of American society, to the changing nature of the American Dream, and to the relation between class and culture. This book is an ideal addition to courses on inequalities, celebrity culture, media, and cultural studies"--The publisher.

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