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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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Names: Duvall, Spring-Serenity, editor. Title: Celebrity and youth: mediated audiences, fame aspirations, and identity formation / edited by Spring-Serenity Duvall. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2019. Series: Mediated youth; v. 29 ISSN 1555-1814 (print) | ISSN 2378-2935 (online) Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2018042640 | ISBN 978-1-4331-4310-6 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-4309-0 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4311-3 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-4312-0 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4313-7 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Youth—Social conditions. | Fame—Social aspects. | Ambition. | Celebrities. | Identity (Psychology) in adolescence. Classification: LCC HQ796 .C3965 | DDC 155.5/182—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b14527

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