Celebrity Worship

1st Edition

Pete Ward

Routledge
Published December 6, 2019
Reference - 168 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 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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