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Society

, Volume 47, Issue 6, pp 493–497 | Cite as

Celebrity Culture

  • Frank Furedi
Symposium: Celebrity Around the World

Abstract

Although the idea of a celebrity has been around for a long time, its mutation into an important cultural force is a relatively recent development. In recent decades the meaning of a celebrity has altered and is now often applied to those who are famous for being famous. The ascendancy of the celebrity has been fuelled by society’s uneasy relationship with the question of authority. Often celebrity provides an alternative source of validation. The tendency to outsource authority to the celebrity represents an attempt to bypass the problem of legitimacy by politicians and other figures.

Keywords

Celebrity Reality television Authority Charisma 

Further Reading

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  5. Jaffe, A. 2006. Modernism and the culture of celenbrity. New York: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social Policy and Social ResearchThe University of KentCanterburyUK

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