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Celebrity Society

ISBN-10: 0415581508
ISBN-13: 9780415581509
Edition: 2012
List price: $30.99
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Description: Celebrity Society brings a new dimension to our understanding of celebrities, capturing the way in which the figure of 'the celebrity' is bound up with emergence of modernity. It outlines how the 'celebrification of society' is not just the 20 th  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 8/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 188
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Celebrity Society brings a new dimension to our understanding of celebrities, capturing the way in which the figure of 'the celebrity' is bound up with emergence of modernity. It outlines how the 'celebrification of society' is not just the 20 th century product of Hollywood and television, but a long-term historical process, beginning with the printing press, theatre and art. The book goes beyond the accounts of celebrity 'culture' to develop the analysis of 'celebrity society', with its own, constantly changing, social practices and structures, moral grammar, construction of self and identity, legal order and political economy organized around the distribution of visibility, attention and recognition. It draws on the work of Norbert Elias to explain how contemporary celebrity society is the heir to court society, taking on but also democratising many of the functions of the aristocracy. Readers will learn what Obama and Paris have in common, and why we should see all celebrity as driven by the 'economics of attention', because attention has become a vital and increasingly valuable resource in the information age.

Introduction
From Fame to Celebrity: The Celebritization of Society
Producing Celebrity and the Economics of Attention
Celebrity as a Social Form: Status, Charisma and Power
Imagined Community and Long-Distance Intimacy
Celebrity in Politics, Diplomacy and Development
Business and Management Celebrity
Celebrity's Futures - 15 Minutes of Fame, or Fame in 15 Minutes
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