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Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame

The Rise of a Pop Star in an Age of Celebrity

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • This book theorizes fame from a comprehensive, constructionist viewpoint

  • Studies one pop star, Lady Gaga, through the lens of a sociological concept of fame

  • Provides a history and context for Lady Gaga's unprecedented popularity

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    • Mathieu Deflem
    Pages 1-10
  3. Popular Culture and the Sociology of Fame

    • Mathieu Deflem
    Pages 11-28
  4. The Life and Times of Lady Gaga

    • Mathieu Deflem
    Pages 29-47
  5. The Business of Lady Gaga

    • Mathieu Deflem
    Pages 49-71
  6. The Laws of Lady Gaga

    • Mathieu Deflem
    Pages 73-93
  7. Gaga Media: From Internet to Radio

    • Mathieu Deflem
    Pages 95-120
  8. Gaga Activism: The New Ethics of Pop Culture

    • Mathieu Deflem
    Pages 145-167
  9. The Sex of Lady Gaga

    • Mathieu Deflem
    Pages 169-188
  10. Art Pop: The Styles of Lady Gaga

    • Mathieu Deflem
    Pages 189-210
  11. Conclusion

    • Mathieu Deflem
    Pages 211-215
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 235-245

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.

Keywords

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

Reviews

“It seems especially well suited for classroom use, perhaps in upper-level un-dergraduate or graduate courses in pop culture, pop music, mass media, or the sociology of celebrity. … The well-designed cover beckons, and Deflem provides advice for nonsociologists about how to navigate the book … .” (Kerry O. Ferris, American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 124 (6), May, 2019)

“The analysis of status is unique to sociology. Mathieu Deflem brilliantly confirms how the creation of Lady Gaga is part of a social process that creates celebrity against the backdrop of chaotic economic and moral conditions. Deflem methodically describes how fame can shape public attitudes toward controversial matters, leaving status embodied in traditional forms of professional expertise and institutional control less important than ever before.” (Jonathan B. Imber, Jean Glasscock Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College, USA)

“There are celebrities and there are mega-celebrities and then there is Lady Gaga. The star’s fame is only in small part built upon her voice and eye-popping costumes. Far more, it is her attitude: a cheerleader to all and sundry who have ever felt broken or dissed. Grasping the fullness of Gaga’s appeal, Deflem’s book is as appealing to her fans as it is for theorists of celebrity.” (Deena Weinstein, Professor of Sociology, DePaul University, USA)

“In this notable book, through careful theoretical insight and an in-depth analysis of Lady Gaga’s fame, Deflem illustrates a new form of pop icon defying the transient nature of the cultural industry in the postmodern age. Deflem offers valuable lessons on the importance of social conditions, which include not only the market but also factors facilitating the activism and diversity orientation of pop artists seeking to gain fame.” (Masaya Takahashi, Associate Professor, Saitama University, Japan)

“Deflem’s study provides an intriguing and comprehensive exploration of the dynamics of Lady Gaga’s rise to fame. By the end, it is clear that there is no single one factor that serves as a predictor of future fame or commercial success. Those who work in or study the music industry should give this book a read.” (Serona Elton, Associate Professor and Chair, Frost School of Music, University of Miami, USA)

“This book delivers a stimulating sociological discussion of the mechanics behind fame and celebrity – aspects that have undoubtedly taken a stranglehold on American culture. Guiding the reader through a theory on the machinery for stardom using a unique lens focused on Lady Gaga’ determined path for fame, Professor Deflem’s book is an entertaining and educational read that provides a solid groundwork for further research in the areas of fame and celebrity.” (Danwill D. Schwender, Attorney)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA

    Mathieu Deflem

About the author

Mathieu Deflem is Professor of Sociology at the University of South Carolina, USA. He has published three books and dozens of articles and chapters on the sociology of popular culture and law. Additionally, he has edited more than a dozen books on various topics of law, policing, terrorism, fame, and cinema.  

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame

  • Book Subtitle: The Rise of a Pop Star in an Age of Celebrity

  • Authors: Mathieu Deflem

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58468-7

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan New York

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-349-95938-9

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-137-58468-7

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 245

  • Topics: Media Sociology, Music, Cultural Studies, American Culture

Buying options

eBook USD 24.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-137-58468-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 34.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)