Celebrity Worship

1st Edition

Peter Ward

Routledge
December 10, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9781138587090 - CAT# K377262
Series: Media, Religion and Culture

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Summary

Celebrity Worship provides an introduction to the fascinating study of celebrity culture and religion. The book argues for celebrity as a foundational component for any consideration of the relationship between Religion, Media and Culture. Celebrity Worship is seen as a vibrant and interactive discourse of the sacred self in contemporary society.

Topics discussed include:

  • Celebrity Culture
  • Celebrity Worship and project of the self as the new sacred.
  • Social Media and the democratisation of celebrity
  • Reactions to celebrity death
  • Celebrities as theologians of the self
  • Christian Celebrity.

Using contemporary case studies such as the Lifestyle Television, the Religious vision of Oprah Winfrey, and the death of David Bowie this book is a gripping read for those with an interest in celebrity culture, cultural studies, media studies, religion in the media and the role of religion in society.

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