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By: Francesco Alberoni

In: Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader

Chapter 6: The Powerless ‘Elite’: Theory and Sociological Research on the Phenomenon of the Stars1

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The Powerless ‘Elite’: Theory and Sociological Research on the Phenomenon of the Stars1
The powerless ‘elite’: Theory and sociological research on the phenomenon of the stars
FrancescoAlberoni
General Conditions for the Existence of the Phenomenon

In every society are to be found persons who, in the eyes of other members of the collectivity are especially remarkable and who attract universal attention. This applies most often to the king and nobles, to priests, prophets and men of power, although often in very diverse ways and in varying degrees. In general it is a question of persons who hold power (political, economic or religious) – that is to say, of persons whose decisions have an influence on the present and future fortunes of the society which they direct. This rule ...

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