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Celebrity and being-in-the-world : the experience of being famous ; a phenomenological investigation

Author: Donna Rockwell
Publisher: ©2004.
Dissertation: Doctor of Psychology (Psy. D.), Humanistic and Clinical Psychology, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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[Abstract] The experience of being famous is investigated through interviews with 15 well-known American celebrities. The interviews detail the existential parameters of being famous in contemporary culture. Research participants are celebrities in various societal categories: government, law, business, publishing, sports, music, film, television, news and entertainment (including morning, daytime, primetime, and  Read more...
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Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Donna Rockwell
OCLC Number: 144931568
Notes: Michigan School of Professional Psychology--formerly Center for Humanistic Studies Graduate School.
Doctoral Committee Chair, Marjorie Scott, Ph. D.
Doctoral Dissertation.
Description: 1 volume, 228 pages ; 28 cm
Responsibility: Donna Rockwell.
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[Abstract] The experience of being famous is investigated through interviews with 15 well-known American celebrities. The interviews detail the existential parameters of being famous in contemporary culture. Research participants are celebrities in various societal categories: government, law, business, publishing, sports, music, film, television, news and entertainment (including morning, daytime, primetime, and late night television personalities). Transcendental Phenomenology is the qualitative method used, examining textural and structural relationship-to-world themes. The study finds that in relation to self, being famous lead to: entitization (depersonalization); loss of privacy; expectations; ego gratifcation; and symbolic immortality. In relation to other, being famous leads to: wealth; access; temptation; mistrust; and familial concerns. Celebrity is experienced as a process through four phases: love/hate; addiction; acceptance; and adaptation. Implications and applications for the fields of psychology, sociology, and communication are outlined.

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