These are ascribed, achieved, and attributed. Each type of celebrity comes with a different cultural bias. Teenage actress and pop star, Miley Cyrus, with her father Billy Ray Cyrus, a popular country singer. Ascribed celebrities are those who are famous because of their lineage. This includes royalty, socialites with a long background of affluent relative, and children with whose parents were also celebrities. View more celebrities with famous parents here Actor George Clooney holding his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Achieved celebrities are those who became famous because of their talent and skill in their particular field.

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Celebrity Chris Rojek In contemporary society, the cult of celebrity is inescapable. Anyone can be turned into a celebrity, and anything can be made into a celebrity event. Celebrity has become a part of everyday life, a common reference point.

Do they have unique qualities, or have their images been constructed by the media? And what of the dark side of celebrity — why is the hunger to be in the public eye so great that people are prepared to go to any lengths to achieve it, as numerous mass murderers and serial killers have done. Chris Rojek brings together celebrated figures from the arts, sports, politics and other public spheres, from O.

Simpson and Marilyn Monroe to Hitler and David Bowie, and touches on many movements and fads, including punk, rock-and-roll and fashion. Rojek analyzes the difference between ascribed celebrity, which derives from bloodline, and achieved celebrity, which follows on from personal achievement — the difference between Princess Margaret and, say, Woody Allen.

Rojeks most original insight is that people have been wanting this ever since the 18th century. He brilliantly rereads Samuel Smiless Self-Help as a manual on the virtues of the celebrity.

His feel for the topic means that these necessarily bite-sized snippets of the famously famous reveal a shewdly evaluative aesthetic at work, and his critical sense is infallibly strong.

The result is a delightful social history of fame a mix of cultural studies and social theory that works very well. The work is also notable for the authors elegant prose and critical insights into popular culture.



Rojek, C. Cambridge: Polity. ISBN Event Management 4 vols. London: Bloomsbury Academic.


Types of Celebrities

Guided by Madison Avenue executives and television pioneers, Eisenhower cultivated famous supporters as a way of building the broad-based support that had eluded Republicans for twenty years. While we often think of John F. Author David Haven Blake tells the story of how Madison Avenue executives strategically brought celebrities into the political process. Based on original interviews and long neglected archival materials, Liking Ike explores the changing dynamics of celebrity politics as Americans adjusted to the television age. By the s, entertainers were routinely drawing publicity to their favorite candidates, but with the rise of television and mass advertising, political advisers began to professionalize the way that celebrities brought attention to presidential campaigns.


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