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Celebrity culture and ageing

Fairclough, K 2015, 'Celebrity culture and ageing' , in: Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology , Routledge.

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Despite the proliferation of images of ageing in Western popular culture online and in print media in recent years, it is striking that media and cultural studies has virtually ignored the subject of ageing until recently. However, in recent years the burgeoning field of celebrity studies has begun to consider the ways in which ageing celebrities are both represented and configured in popular culture. This has focused mainly on the ways in which ageing women are portrayed in social media; in lifestyle television such as makeover shows; and in gossip websites, tabloids and magazines. Interestingly, there has been little work undertaken addressing men and ageing, except for some analysis of ageing Hollywood stars such as Sylvester Stallone (Feasey 2012). This chapter will review the emergent and key debates surrounding ageing, social media and celebrity, and provide an overview of a developing area within media and cultural studies.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Twigg, J and Martin, W
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Publisher: Routledge
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9780415631143
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr K Fairclough-Isaacs
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 17:23
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2015 10:10

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