A Companion to Celebrity by P. David Marshall

By P. David Marshall

Companion to Celebrity offers a multi-disciplinary selection of unique essays that discover myriad concerns when it comes to the origins, evolution, and present traits within the box of famous person studies.

  • Offers an in depth, systematic, and transparent presentation of all elements of megastar stories, with a constitution that conscientiously construct its enquiry
  • Draws at the most up-to-date scholarly advancements in superstar analyses
  • Presents new and provocative methods of exploring celebrity’s meanings and textures
  • Considers the progressive ways that new social media have impacted at the creation and intake of celebrity 

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The war of every man against every man – competition and individualism, in other words – is the religion of our time, justified by a mythology of lone rangers, sole traders, selfstarters, self-made men and women, going it alone. For the most social of creatures, 10 P. David Marshall and Sean Redmond who cannot prosper without love, there is no such thing as society, only heroic individualism. What counts is to win. The rest is collateral damage. Zygmunt Bauman takes a similar position where he outlines how late modernity has stripped away a range of solid connections to be replaced with floating networks, neo-tribes without emancipation, and just-in-time consumption demands that govern all aspects of our lives, including love and intimacy (2000).

If I am right that the word “celebrity” is indeed used both to praise and to blame according to sometimes strong, sometimes transient emotions, then an essay such as this, seeking both to historicize and to refine the understanding of such a concept and its expressive force becomes, in ambition at least, an essay in moral theory. This ambition turns out to be all the more substantial when we remind ourselves of the commonplace that celebrity is also one of the adhesives which, at a time when the realms of public politics, civil society and private domestic life are increasingly fractured and enclosed in separate enclaves, serve to pull those separate entities together and to do their bit toward maintaining social cohesion and common values.

This notion “of understanding and placing” is, as I say, a product of our passions, some ignoble (envy, malice, spite) some high, wide and handsome (admiration, generosity, sympathy, love). ” He goes A Companion to Celebrity, First Edition. Edited by P. David Marshall and Sean Redmond. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Published 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 22 Fred Inglis on: “to employ a concept is always to appraise and classify our experience from a particular perspective and in a particular way.

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