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Transnational Celebrity Activism in Global Politics

Changing the World?

In recent years, celebrities from George Clooney to Bono to Angelina Jolie have attempted to play an increasingly important role in global politics. Celebrity activism is an ever-growing, internationally visible phenomenon—yet the impact of these high-profile humanitarians on public awareness, government support, and mobilization of resources remains under-researched. Bringing together a diverse group of contributors from media studies and public diplomacy, Transnational Celebrity Activism in Global Politics aims to fill that void with a new interdisciplinary framework for the analysis of celebrity activism in international relations.

317 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2011

Media Studies

Political Science: Political Behavior and Public Opinion

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"Celebrities stir the public to handwringing, but effect few fundamental changes. . . . This well-edited book offers thoughtful analysis and recommendations on the politics and challenges behind the modern gold rush to do good deeds."—YaleGlobal Online

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Challenge of Transnational Celebrity Activism: Background, Aim and Scope of the Book
      Liza Tsaliki, Christos A. Frangonikolopoulos, Asteris Huliaras

Part I: Transnational Celebrity Activism, Diplomacy and Global Politics
Chapter 1: Bringing the Individuals Back in? Celebrities as Transnational Activists
      Asteris Huliaras and Nikolaos Tzifakis
Chapter 2: Celebrity Politics and Cultural Citizenship: UN Goodwill Ambassadors and Messengers of Peace
      Mark Wheeler
Chapter 3: The Cosmopolitan-Communitarian Divide and Celebrity Anti-war Activism
      Annika Bergman Rosamond
Part II: Transnational Celebrity Activism and Conflict
Chapter 4: ‘Creating a Groundswell or Getting on the Bandwagon? Celebrities, the Media and Distant Conflict’
      Virgil Hawkins
Chapter 5: Can Celebrity Save Diplomacy? Appropriating Wisdom through ‘The Elders’
      Henk Huijser and Jinna Tay
Chapter 6: Fighting Superior Military Power in Chiapas, Mexico: Celebrity Activism and its Limitations
      Roy Krøvel
Chapter 7: Hollywood Goes to the Eastern Mediterranean: Spiro S. Skouras and ‘Unorthodox Power’, 1940s and 1950s
      Evanthis Hatzivassiliou and Georgios Kazamias
Part III: Celebrity Activism, Global Humanitarianism and the Global South
Chapter 8: Consuming Ethics: Conflict Diamonds, the Entertainment Industry and Celebrity Activism
      Sue Tait
Chapter 9: The Global Politics of Celebrity Humanitarianism
      Riina Yrjölä
Chapter 10: Madonna’s Adoptions: Celebrity Activism, Justice and Civil Society in the Global South
      Graham Finlay
Part IV: Transnational Celebrity Activism, ‘Celebrityhood’ and Media Representations
Chapter 11: Linking Small Arms, Child Soldiers, NGOs and Celebrity Activism: Nicolas Cage and the Lord of War
      Michael Stohl, Cynthia Stohl and Rachel Stohl
Chapter 12: Calling a New Tune for Africa?  Analysing a Celebrity-led Campaign to Redefine the Debate on Africa
      Dorothy Njoroge
Chapter 13: Fame and Symbolic Value in Celebrity Activism and Diplomacy
      George Pleios
Chapter 14: Celebrity Culture and Postcolonial Relations within the Portuguese Media Landscape: The Case of Catarina Furtado
      Ana Jorge
Chapter 15: Big Dog Celebrity Activists: Barking up the Wrong Tree
      Varihi Scot
Conclusion: Making Sense of Transnational Celebrity Activism: Causes, Methods and Consequences
      Liza Tsaliki, Christos Frangonikolopoulos and Asteris Huliaras

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