publication . Article . 2014

Niccolo Machiavelli, cultural intermediaries and the category of achieved celebrity

Chris Rojek;
Open Access English
  • Published: 17 Jun 2014
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Country: United Kingdom
The escalating interest in celebrity studies has not translated into a serious enquiry into the origins of the subject in social and political theory. Instead, celebrity has been usually explained as either the reflection of industrialisation or the expression of timeless, unchanging fate. The result is a distorted, compressed time frame in which the phenomenon is located in unsatisfactory, metaphysical accounts of the position of celebrity in the social order. This paper aims to redress the balance by demonstrating the profound importance of cultural intermediaries in the social construction of celebrity. I argue that the birth of cultural intermediaries lies i...
free text keywords: Cultural Studies, Industrialisation, Public relations, business.industry, business, Advertising, Phenomenon, Political philosophy, Social order, Sociology, Redress, Humanism, Social constructionism, Metaphysics
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