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Section Five: Made in Culture: Star and Celebrity Representations

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Made in Culture: Star and Celebrity Representations
Made in culture: Star and celebrity representations

Introduction
SeanRedmond and SuHolmes

If there is one approach that has largely – but not exclusively – dominated the field of star and celebrity analysis then it is the approach of employing close textual analysis to explore the ideological meaning of a star or celebrity image. Stars are imagined to be representations, ‘made up’ in media culture, multi-faceted in terms of 'what they consist of (Dyer, 1987: 2), how they signify, and they are historical and political in terms of how they relate to complex issues, conflicts and contradictions that emerge in the social world at any one time. As Richard Dyer very usefully postulates,

A star image consists both of what we normally ...

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