Celebrity Culture and the American Dream Stardom and Social Mobility

ISBN-10: 0415886791
ISBN-13: 9780415886796
Edition: 2011
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Description: Using examples from the first celebrity fan magazines of 1911 to the present, Celebrity Culture and the American Dream considers how major economic and historical factors shaped the nature of celebrity culture as we know it today. Equally important,  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/10/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Using examples from the first celebrity fan magazines of 1911 to the present, Celebrity Culture and the American Dream considers how major economic and historical factors shaped the nature of celebrity culture as we know it today. Equally important, the book explains how and why the story of Hollywood celebrities matters, sociologically speaking, to an understanding of American society, to the changing nature of the American Dream, and to the relation between class and culture. This book: Explores the relationship between celebrity culture, consumption, class, and social mobilityDiscusses social changes pertaining to class, gender, marriage and divorce, and raceIncludes numerous pictures from fan magazine articles and adsExamines the connections between celebrity culture and economic, political, and social changesConsiders the importance of the structure of the entertainment industry to understand how celebrity culture is manufactured

List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
The American Dream: Celebrity, Class, and Social Mobility
Beyond Subsistence: The Rise of the Middle Class in the Twentieth Century
Prosperity and Wealth Arrive: Boom Times and Women's Suffrage in the 1920s
Pull Yourself up by Your Bootstraps: Personal Failure and the Great Depression
We're All in This Together: Collectivism and World War II
Suburban Utopia: The Postwar Middle-Class Fantasy
Is That All There Is? Challenging the Suburban Fantasy in the Sixties and Seventies
Massive Wealth as Moral Reward: The Reagan Revolution and Individualism
Success Just for Being You: Opportunity in the Internet Age
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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