This is the first comprehensive overview of the production and consumption of celebrity from within cultural and media studies. The pervasive influence of contemporary celebrity, and the cultures it produces, has been widely noticed. Earlier studies, though, have tended to focus on the consumption of celebrity or on particular locations of celebrity - Hollywood, or the sports industries for instance. This book presents a broad survey across all media as well as a new synthesis of theoretical positions, that will be welcomed by all students of media and cultural studies.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION Understanding Celebrity PART TWO: PRODUCTION The Economy of Celebrity Manufacturing Celebrity Celebrity, the Tabloid and the Democratic Public Sphere PART THREE: CONSUMPTION The Cultural Function of Celebrity Consuming Celebrity Conclusion Celebrity and Public Culture Today
Graeme Turner is ARC Federation Fellow, Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies. He is one of the key figures in the development of cultural and media studies in Australia and has an outstanding international reputation in the field. His work is used in many disciplines-cultural and media studies, communications, history, literary studies, and film and television studies-and it has been translated into eight languages.