Using examples from the first celebrity fan magazines of 1911 to the present, Celebrity Culture and the American Dream considers how major economic and historical factors shaped the nature of celebrity culture as we know it today. Equally important, the book explains how and why the story of Hollywood celebrities matters, sociologically speaking, to an understanding of American society, to the changing nature of the American Dream, and to the relation between class and culture. This book:
Explores the relationship between celebrity culture, consumption, class, and social mobility
Discusses social changes pertaining to class, gender, marriage and divorce, and race
Includes numerous pictures from fan magazine articles and ads
Examines the connections between celebrity culture and economic, political, and social changes
Considers the importance of the structure of the entertainment industry to understand how celebrity culture is manufactured
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Stardom and Social Mobility
"... a good book to add to an introduction to sociology course if you want to give your students a good sense of how sociology analyzes culture and media....There is a lot in the book and Sternheimer does a good job of weaving together hard sociological data on stratification, inequalities, wage...
Published January 9th 2011 by Routledge