What is celebrity? How do celebrities influence society? Why do we hang on their every word, tweet or status update? Celebrity Cultures offers a fresh insight into the field of celebrity studies by updating existing debates and exploring recent developments. From the PR campaigns of Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar to the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor of California, this book critically evaluates a number of diverse celebrity case-studies and considers what they reveal about contemporary global society. Taking into account issues such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, economics, politics and the media, the book draws upon a range of cultural theorists including Theodore Adorno and Jean Baudrillard. Over the course of ten richly illustrated chapters, the book: Draws upon sociology, cultural theory, media analysis and celebrity commentary to explore and re-evaluate the study of celebrity. Examines the international appeal of celebrity including examples from India, China, South Korea and Indonesia. Includes chapter introductions identifying key points and annotated further reading suggestions. Celebrity Cultures is an invaluable resource for students of celebrity, media and cultural studies.

Celebrity and Politics

Celebrity and Politics

Celebrity and Politics

Chapter overview

This chapter looks at the ways in which lines between the worlds of politics and celebrity have become more closely entwined in recent years. As such, not only have some celebrities gained official political office, such as Ronald Reagan, Imran Khan, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but an increasing number are endorsing and popularizing political causes that they are personally motivated by. The result is that alongside official political figures now are individuals such as Bono, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry, highly visible as advocates in the political system and using their fame to inspire and motivate the public to support their endorsed causes. However, while such actions are arguably laudable and constitute a ...

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