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The Psychology of Celebrity

1st Edition

By Gayle Stever


110 pages

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Why are we fascinated by celebrities we’ve never met? What is the difference between fame and celebrity? How has social media enabled a new wave of celebrities?

The Psychology of Celebrity explores the origins of celebrity culture, the relationships celebrities have with their fans, how fame can affect celebrities, and what shapes our thinking about celebrities we admire. The book also addresses the way in which the media has been and continues to be an outlet for celebrities, culminating in the role of social media, reality television, and technology in our modern society.

Drawing on research featuring real life celebrities from the Kardashians to Michael Jackson, The Psychology of Celebrity shows us that celebrity influence can have both positive and negative outcomes and the impact these can have on our lives.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Controversy over celebrity 3. Historical perspectives 4. Celebrity/audience relationships 5. Celebrity and the Media 6. Conclusions

About the Author

Gayle Stever is an associate professor for SUNY/Empire State College, an institution that is focused on goals of lifelong learning, adult education, and access to higher education for all. She earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology with an emphasis in the psychology of media from Arizona State University in 1994. She has spent the last 30 years studying fan/celebrity relationships from a participant observer perspective and to that end, has networked extensively into a number of fan groups of both pop stars like Michael Jackson, Madonna, or Josh Groban and also television stars like William Shatner, Rene Auberjonois or Alexander Siddig.

About the Series

The Psychology of Everything

People are fascinated by psychology, and what makes humans tick. Why do we think and behave the way we do? We’ve all met armchair psychologists claiming to have the answers, and people that ask if psychologists can tell what they’re thinking. The Psychology of Everything is a series of books which debunk the popular myths and pseudo-science surrounding some of life’s biggest questions.

The series explores the hidden psychological factors that drive us, from our subconscious desires and aversions, to our natural social instincts. Absorbing, informative, and always intriguing, each book is written by an expert in the field, examining how research-based knowledge compares with popular wisdom, and showing how psychology can truly enrich our understanding of modern life.

Applying a psychological lens to an array of topics and contemporary concerns - from sex, to fashion, to conspiracy theories - The Psychology of Everything will make you look at everything in a new way.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology