Celebrity Worship

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Peter Ward
  • London: 
    Routledge
    , December
     2019.
     166 pages.
     $39.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781138587090.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Pete Ward is professor of practical theology at Durham University, UK; NLA University College, Bergen, Norway; and MF The Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo, Norway.

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