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Celebrity and power : fame in contemporary culture

Author: P David Marshall
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : University of Minnesota Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Simultaneously celebrated and denigrated, stars represent the embodiment of success, but also the ultimate construction of false value. They are a peculiar form of public subjectivity that negotiates the tension between a democratic culture of access and a consumer capitalist culture of excess. This work questions the cultural forces behind the need to become endlessly embroiled with the construction and collapse  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P David Marshall
ISBN: 081662724X 9780816627240 0816627258 9780816627257
OCLC Number: 35043266
Description: xv, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Tracing the Meaning of the Public Individual --
2. Conceptualizing the Collective: The Mob, the Crowd, the Mass, and the Audience --
3. Tools for the Analysis of the Celebrity as a Form of Cultural Power --
4. The Cinematic Apparatus and the Construction of the Film Celebrity --
5. Television's Construction of the Celebrity --
6. The Meanings of the Popular Music Celebrity: The Construction of Distinctive Authenticity --
7. The System of Celebrity --
8. The Embodiment of Affect in Political Culture --
Conclusion: Forms of Power/Forms of Public Subjectivity --
Coda: George, Celebrities, and the Shift in Political/Popular Culture.
Responsibility: P. David Marshall.

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This work questions the cultural forces behind the need to become endlessly embroiled with the construction and collapse of celebrities.  Read more...

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