Celebrity and Power: Fame in Contemporary Culture


The author examines the various kinds of stars, questioning the needs each type fulfills in our lives and relating these needs to particular entertainment media.
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The author examines the various kinds of stars, questioning the needs each type fulfills in our lives and relating these needs to particular entertainment media.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816627257
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

P. David Marshall is research professor and holds a personal chair in new media, communication, and cultural studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. He is editor of Celebrity Culture Reader, coeditor of Companion to Celebrity Studies, author of New Media Cultures, and coauthor of Web Theory and Fame Games.

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Table of Contents

1 Tracing the Meaning of the Public Individual 3
2 Conceptualizing the Collective: The Mob, the Crowd, the Mass, and the Audience 27
3 Tools for the Analysis of the Celebrity as a Form of Cultural Power 51
4 The Cinematic Apparatus and the Construction of the Film Celebrity 79
5 Television's Construction of the Celebrity 119
6 The Meanings of the Popular Music Celebrity: The Construction of Distinctive Authenticity 150
7 The System of Celebrity 185
8 The Embodiment of Affect in Political Culture 203
Conclusion: Forms of Power/Forms of Public Subjectivity 241
Coda: George, Celebrities, and the Shift in Political/Popular Culture 248
Notes 251
Index 283
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