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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, and Portugal to demonstrate the pervasive reach of global celebrity, as well as the commonality of youth experiences with celebrity in diverse cultural settings.

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About the Contributors


Annebeth Bels is a Ph.D. student and member of the Media, Policy and Culture research group at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. She is completing a Ph.D. on preteens and sexualisation in and through media, combining critical sociology, feminism and cultural studies with ethnographic methodologies.

Andrew C. Billings is Executive Director of the Alabama Program in Sports Communication, and Ronald Reagan Chair of Broadcasting in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media at the University of Alabama. His research interests lie in the intersection of sport, mass media, consumption habits and identity-laden content. With 18 books and over 150 journal articles and book chapters, he is one of the most published sports media scholars in the world. Recent books include Media and the Coming Out of Gay Athletes in American Team Sports (forthcoming, Peter Lang, 2019) and Mascot Nation: The Controversy Over Native American Representations in Sports (forthcoming, 2019). His journal outlets include the Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication & Society, and the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and his writings have been translated into five languages.

Jessica Birthisel is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, where she teaches and studies topics related ← 223 | 224 → to journalism, multimedia storytelling, representations of gender and sexuality in news and popular culture, media literacy and digital media technologies.

Sara Cortés is Assistant Professor in Audiovisual Communication at the University of...

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