"An outstanding achievement... Graeme Turner writes with power and persuasion, and brilliantly explores what it is about celebrity today that should concern us all"
- Sean Redmond, Deakin University
"A key touchstone for celebrity studies. Turner thoughtfully illuminates the variety of production and consumption practices through which celebrity circulates today, whilst remaining sensitive to the complexity of power relations in play. An essential read for students and scholars in the field"
- Sue Holmes, University of East Anglia
"Cements Turner's status as the most important figure in celebrity studies... Turner's gaze fixes on developments in digital, social and global mediascapes, drawing media and celebrity studies into complex critical, political and cultural debates in his indomitable style"
- James Bennett, Royal Holloway, University of London
"An extraordinary synthesis of research and theory... Understanding Celebrity remains the go-to text of celebrity studies"
- Joshua Gamsom, University of San Francisco
Where does the production of celebrity end and its consumption begin?
Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and reality TV allow us a previously unimagined engagement with the manufactured 'persona' of celebrity. Understanding Celebrity has become the go-to text for understanding the connection between the production and consumption of this 'persona'. The long-awaited second edition assesses the changing nature of this pivotal relationship in celebrity studies.
Explains how social media is key in establishing an online presence for celebrities
Critically analyses the changing nature of fan culture within the online environment
Delves into a richer and more detailed account of the history of celebrity
Examines in greater depth the increased role of reality TV
Incorporates recent contributions from feminist scholars to the field
Enriched with new examples drawn from popular culture, this is a contemporary and incisive look at celebrity studies.
Understanding Celebrity is not only an essential text, but a stimulating read for students studying celebrity and popular culture across media studies, cultural studies and sociology.
Graeme Turner is Professor of Cultural Studies at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, The University of Queensland, Australia
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION 1. Understanding Celebrity Celebrity Today What is Celebrity? Picture Personalities, Stars, and Celebrities The Spread of Celebrity Culture Taxonomies of Fame The Social Functions of Celebrity Celebrities and the Publicity Industries PART TWO: PRODUCTION 2. The Economy of Celebrity Globalisation and Media Convergence The Celebrity-Commodity The Celebrity Industries Publicity, News and Power 3. Manufacturing Celebrity Ordinary Talent 'Real' Celebrities and Reality TV Taking Control: Producing DIY Celebrity in the Digital Era 4. Celebrity, the Tabloid and the Democratic Public Sphere Celebrity, Mass Market Magazines and the Tabloids The 'Tabloidisation' Debate 'Democratainment' The Demotic Turn PART THREE: CONSUMPTION 5. The Cultural Function of Celebrity Celebrity 'From Below' The Para-social Relationship Royal Celebrity Mourning Diana Constructing Cultural Identities 6. Consuming Celebrity Celebrity Watchers Gossip: The Extended Family, Melodrama and Revenge Histories of Consumption: Star Gazing Consuming Celebrity Online 7. Conclusion: Celebrity and Public Culture Taking Celebrity Seriously Celebrity, Politics and 'Spin' Conclusion