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Chris Rojek brings together celebrated figures from the arts, sports, politics and other public spheres, from O.J. Simpson and Marilyn Monroe to Hitler and David Bowie, and touches on many movements and fads, including punk, rock-and-roll and fashion. Rojek analyzes the difference between ascribed celebrity, which derives from bloodline, and achieved celebrity, which follows on from personal achievement - the difference between Princess Margaret and, say, Woody Allen. He also shows how there is no parallel in history to today’s ubiquitous "living" form of celebrity, powered by newspapers, PR departments, magazines and electronic mass media.
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208 pages | 5.75 x 8.25
Sociology: Collective Behavior, Mass Communication
Table of Contents
2. Celebrity and Aestheticization
4. Celebrity and Transgression
5. Celebrity and Celebrification
List of Illustrations