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[Commlist] New Book: Celebrity and Youth: Mediated Audiences, Fame Aspirations, and Identity Formation

Sat Jan 05 17:47:51 GMT 2019

"Celebrity and Youth: Mediated Audiences, Fame Aspirations, and Identity Formation" edited by Spring-Serenity Duvall.

Celebrity and Youth: Mediated Audiences, Fame Aspirations, and Identity Formation makes an examination of contemporary celebrity culture with an emphasis on how young celebrities are manufactured, how fan communities are cultivated, and how young audiences consume and aspire to fame. This book foregrounds considerations of diversity within celebrity and fan cultures, and takes an international perspective on the production of stardom. Chapters include interviews with professional athletes in the United States about their experiences with stardom after coming out as gay, and interviews with young people in Europe about their consumption of celebrity and aspirations of achieving fame via social media. Other chapters include interviews with young Canadian women that illuminate the potential influence of famous feminists on audience political engagement, and critical analysis of media narratives about race, happiness, cultural appropriation, and popular feminisms. The current anthology brings together scholarship from Canada, the United States, Spain, Belgium, and Portugal to demonstrate the pervasive reach of global celebrity, as well as the commonality of youth experiences with celebrity in diverse cultural settings.


              Offering both intersectional and international
              perspectives on young people and contemporary celebrity
              culture, /Celebrity & Youth/ is a rich contribution to the
              fields of celebrity studies, youth studies, and media
              studies. The chapters collected here are sure to expand
              our critical understanding of not only young celebrities
              but also how young people engage with fame as they
              explore, fashion, and perform their own identities.

              ~ *Mary Celeste Kearney*, Director of Gender Studies and
              Associate Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre at
              the University of Notre Dame

              /Celebrity and Youth/ is an outstanding contribution to
              the growing literature on how conceptions of youth play a
              central role in the production, circulation and reception
              of celebrity culture. Taking the reader through various
              interconnecting strands of analysis including the
              construction of young star images, the manufacture of
              youth as a desirable and desiring subjectivity, and the
              ebbing  agency that is found within and across fan
              communities, this volume places young people at the heart
              of why and how celebrity matters. With fascinating case
              studies that take us from the schools of Flanders to the
              vlogs of Portuguese micro-celebrities, from the creativity
              of One Direction girl fan practices to the ‘come of age’
              fans of Emma Watson, and from the colorblind politics of
              Kendall Jenner to the First Children status of the Obama
              daughters, we find the most brilliant forms of empirical,
              cultural, and contextual scholarship in interaction. Why
              do young people want to be famous? Read this excellent,
              timely volume for the complex answers we need.

              ~ *Sean Redmond*, Editor of Celebrity Studies Journal and
              Professor of Screen and Design, Deakin University

              Celebrity and Youth offers a much-needed interdisciplinary
              examination of the ways in which celebrity and its
              relationship to youth and identity are both understood and
              reconfigured in a digital age. This collection deftly
              illuminates how the construction and production of
              cultural identity is so influenced by celebrity. Duvall
              presents a wide range of essays which offer deeply
              insightful contemporary analyses of the perspectives of
              young people as they navigate an increasingly complex
              celebrity culture.

              ~ *Kirsty Fairclough*, Associate Dean: Research and
              Innovation School of Arts and Media University of Salford

              Table of Contents:


              /By Spring-Serenity Duvall/

              Chapter 1: Social Media Celebrities as Salient Resource
              for Preteens’ Identity Work

              /By Annebeth Bels and Hilde Van den Bulck/

              Chapter 2: /WTF/: Digital ambassadors for the young

              /By Ana Jorge and Thays Nunes/

              Performing gender, domestic assault, and sexism via
              couple’s prank videos on YouTube

              /By Jessica Birthisel/

              Chapter 4: Adolescents as cultural activists: Remixing
              celebrities in fandom communities

              /By Pilar Lacasa, Julián de la Fuente, Sara Cortés, María
              Ruth García-Pernía/

              Chapter 5: Out in Play: Openly Gay Male Athletes Navigate
              Media, Celebrity, and Fandom

              /By Leigh Moscowitz and Andrew C. Billings/

              Chapter 6: Believing in Emma Watson: Casual Fandom and
              Emerging Feminism in Audience Support for the United
              Nations #HeForShe Campaign

              /By Spring-Serenity Duvall/

              Chapter 7: Under Western (Girls’) Eyes: Cultural
              Appropriation and Feminism in the Celebrity Fashion of
              Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid

              /By Jessica E. Johnston/

              Chapter 8: All-American Girls: Examining the Media
              Coverage of Malia and Sasha Obama as Young Political

              /By Newly Paul/

              Chapter 9: Getting “Out of the Woods” and Coming “Clean”:
Narrating Happiness in the Music and Celebrity of Taylor Swift

              /By Maghan Molloy Jackson/

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