Celebrity and Power

Celebrity and Power

Fame in Contemporary Culture

P. David Marshall

A foundational media studies text—now with a new introduction

328 Pages, 6 x 9 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780816695621
  • Published: August 15, 2014
  • eBook
  • 9781452944029
  • Published: August 15, 2014


Celebrity and Power

Fame in Contemporary Culture

P. David Marshall

ISBN: 9780816695621

Publication date: August 15th, 2014

328 Pages


8 x 5

Simultaneously celebrated and denigrated, celebrities represent not only the embodiment of success, but also the ultimate construction of false value. Celebrity and Power questions the impulse to become embroiled with the construction and collapse of the famous, exploring the concept of the new public intimacy: a product of social media in which celebrities from Lady Gaga to Barack Obama are expected to continuously campaign for audiences in new ways. In a new Introduction for this edition, P. David Marshall investigates the viewing public’s desire to associate with celebrity and addresses the explosion of instant access to celebrity culture, bringing famous people and their admirers closer than ever before.

P. David Marshall is research professor and holds a personal chair in new media, communication, and cultural studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. He is editor of Celebrity Culture Reader, coeditor of Companion to Celebrity Studies, author of New Media Cultures, and coauthor of Web Theory and Fame Games.


Introduction to the Second Edition. Celebrity in the Digital Era: A New Public Intimacy
Celebrity and Power: Fame in Contemporary Culture


Part I
1. Tracing the Meaning of the Public Individuals
2. Conceptualizing the Collective: The Mob, the Crowd, the Mass, and the Audience
3. Tools for the Analysis of the Celebrity as a Form of Cultural Power

Part II
4. The Cinematic Apparatus and the Construction of the Film Celebrity
5. Television’s Construction of the Celebrity
6. The Meanings of the Popular Music Celebrity: The Construction of Distinctive Authenticity
7. The System of Celebrity

Part III
The Embodiment of Affect in Political Culture

Conclusion: Forms of Power/Forms of Public Subjectivity
Coda: George, Celebrities, and the Shift in Political/Popular Culture