Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame

The Rise of a Pop Star in an Age of Celebrity

  • Mathieu Deflem

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  12. Back Matter
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About this book


This book investigates the stardom of Lady Gaga within a cultural-sociological framework. Resisting a reductionist perspective of fame as a commodity, Mathieu Deflem offers an empirical examination of the social conditions that informed Lady Gaga’s rise to fame. The book delves into topics such as the marketing of Lady Gaga; the legal issues that have dogged her career; the media; her audience; her activism; issues of sex, gender, and sexuality; and Lady Gaga’s unique artistry. By training a spotlight on this singular pop icon, Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame invites readers to consider the nature of stardom in an age of celebrity.


Media Fame Sociology of Fame Lady Gaga Little Monsters Pop Culture Media Studies American Media Pop star Celebrity Notoriety

Authors and affiliations

  • Mathieu Deflem
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  1. 1.University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-58467-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58468-7
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