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Celebrity Politics and the Cultivation of Affect in the Public Sphere

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dc.contributor.advisor Landsberg, Alison Horwitz, Ariella Catherine
dc.creator Horwitz, Ariella Catherine 2016-09-28T10:20:42Z 2016-09-28T10:20:42Z 2016
dc.description.abstract Celebrity political participation has become so commonplace in contemporary American life that it has come to be expected— it is hardly surprising when Lena Dunham joins Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, George Clooney visits Sudan, or Jennifer Lawrence writes an essay on the gender pay gap. Celebrity politics are also pervasive, resulting from the constant media coverage of celebrities. Yet, because news of celebrity politics appears alongside gossip stories and because celebrities can (and do) say stupid things, it makes it easier to discount celebrities as illegitimate and overlook them as potentially influential political agents. This ignores the powerful position of celebrities, who through existing media attention and branding are able to inform the political views of average citizen-subjects.
dc.format.extent 363 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2016 Ariella Catherine Horwitz
dc.subject American studies en_US
dc.subject Sociology en_US
dc.subject History en_US
dc.subject affect en_US
dc.subject american cultural history en_US
dc.subject celebrity politics en_US
dc.subject public sphere en_US
dc.title Celebrity Politics and the Cultivation of Affect in the Public Sphere
dc.type Dissertation Ph.D. Cultural Studies George Mason University

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