Celebrity Politics
Polity

Celebrity Politics

  • Publish Date: 2013-08-05
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Mark Wheeler

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In this new book, Mark Wheeler offers the first in-depth analysis of the history, nature and global reach of celebrity politics today.

Celebrity politicians and politicized celebrities have had a profound impact upon the practice of politics and the way in which it is now communicated. New forms of political participation have emerged as a result and the political classes have increasingly absorbed the values of celebrity into their own PR strategies. Celebrity activists, endorsers, humanitarians and diplomats also play a part in reconfiguring politics for a more fragmented and image-conscious public arena.

In academic circles, celebrity may be viewed as a manufactured product; one fabricated by media exposure so that celebrity activists are no more than bards of the powerful. Mark Wheeler, however, provides a more nuanced critique contending that both celebrity politicians and politicized stars should be defined by their affective capacity to operate within the public sphere. This timely book will be a valuable resource for students of media and communication studies and political science as well as general readers keen to understand the nature and reach of contemporary celebrity culture.


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