- ISBN: 9781138587090
- Published By: Routledge
- Published: December 2019
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.