Taking Fame to Market

On the Pre-History and Post-History of Hollywood Stardom

  • Barry¬†King

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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    Pages 1-12
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    Pages 39-61
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    Pages 63-88
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    Pages 89-106
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    Pages 107-131
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    Pages 133-150
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    Pages 151-175
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    Pages 177-205
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 207-256

About this book


This book explores, from a sociological perspective, the relationship between acting as symbolic work and the commercialization of popular culture. Particular attention is paid to the social conditions that gave rise to stardom in the theatre and cinema, and how shifts in the marketing of stars have impacted upon contemporary celebrity culture.


star self commodification pure celebrity acting as work identity and performance biography cinema culture history Hollywood knowledge marketing stars theatre writing

Authors and affiliations

  • Barry¬†King
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  1. 1.Auckland University of TechnologyNew Zealand

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