Celebrity in the 21st Century: A Reference Handbook

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ABC-CLIO, 2011 - History - 272 pages
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Tabloid magazines, television shows, and Internet sites inundate us with daily updates about movie stars, musicians, athletes, and even those who have achieved celebrity status simply for being rich and extravagant. Disturbingly, it appears that the harder our celebrities fall, the more fascinating they are to us.

As popular culture becomes more influential, it is important to understand both the positive and negative aspects of celebrity. This volume traces the development of the concept of celebrity, discusses some of the problems facing both celebrities and their followers, and points to future trends and developments in our cultural understanding of celebrity. The author's treatment is unflinchingly honest, revealing the importance of the public's role in celebrities' lives and establishing firm criteria for determining who is a celebrity--and who is not.

  

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Contents

Chapter 1 Background and History
1
Chapter 2 Problems Controversies and Solutions
31
Chapter 3 Worldwide Perspective
75
Chapter 4 Chronology
105
Chapter 5 Biographical Sketches
121
Chapter 6 Data and Documents
145
Chapter 7 Directory of Celebrity Organizations and Web Sites
191
Chapter 8 Selected Print and Nonprint Resources
225
Glossary
259
Index
263
About the Author
273
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