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Author Marshall, P. David.

Title Celebrity and power : fame in contemporary culture / P. David Marshall
Published Minneapolis, Minn. : University of Minnesota Press, [1997]


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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
Summary "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 of celebrities. Through detailed analysis of figures from Tom Cruise to Oprah Winfrey to New Kids on the Block, the author investigates the general public's desire to associate with celebrity. He examines various kinds of stars, questioning the needs each type fulfills in our lives and relates these needs to particular mediums of entertainment. He questions why enigmatic, distant stars populate the silver screen while television constructs approachable "everyman" figures and popular music features audience identified celebrity personalities. He looks at the significance of cases of stars who amass cult-like followings as well as those who appear to prompt outright rejection. This book identifies the forces that have enveloped the development of democratic culture and their partial resolution through a redefined public sphere populated by celebrities. The author argues that new concern with the masses that characterize modern capitalism promotes figures who can be seen as part of the crowd, but yet are articulated as individuals. As such, they provide a model of self-differentiation which furthers an economy in which product consumption is thought to bestow individualism and personality." -- BOOK PUBLISHER WEBSITE
Analysis Attitudes
Celebrity status
Entertainment industry
Overseas item
Popular culture
Social impact
United States
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-281) and index
Subject Celebrities -- History -- 20th century.
Celebrities -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Fame -- Social aspects -- United States.
Fame -- Social aspects.
Popular culture -- History -- 20th century.
Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
LC no. 96031522
ISBN 081662724X (hc : acid-free paper)
0816627258 (paperback: acid-free paper)