Celebrity politics and cultural studies within the United States and United Kingdom

Wheeler, Mark (2018) Celebrity politics and cultural studies within the United States and United Kingdom. Oxford Research Encyclopeadia.

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Abstract / Description

Celebrity politicians are having a profound impact on the practice of politics within the United States and United Kingdom in the 21st century. With the adoption of social media platforms, celebrity and image candidates have deployed new strategies for attracting constituents. Taken together, the proliferation of celebrity politics and the ubiquity of digital platforms have fostered a unique atmosphere in the contemporary political moment, wherein “outsider” candidates may leverage their fame to launch themselves into the public spotlight. In turn, through their celebrity brands and digital presence both populists such as the U.S. President Donald Trump and left-wing leaders including U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have established an “authenticity” in which they “occupy” a public space to define their candidacies. Consequently, as celebrities and image candidates promote political agendas among target audiences/citizens, it is necessary to reflect upon their significance in election campaigns, policy agendas, and activism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: celebrity, politicians, elections, campaigns, activism, media, social media, para-social, affective capacity, authenticity, communication and critical studies
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Mark Wheeler
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2018 12:09
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2020 14:57
URI: https://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/3448


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