Celebrity culture and ageing

Authored by: Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs

Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415631143
eBook ISBN: 9780203097090
Adobe ISBN: 9781136221033


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Despite the proliferation of images of ageing in Western popular culture online and in print media in recent years, it is striking that media and cultural studies has virtually ignored the subject of ageing until recently. However, in recent years the burgeoning field of celebrity studies has begun to consider the ways in which ageing celebrities are both represented and configured in popular culture. This has focused mainly on the ways in which ageing women are portrayed in social media; in lifestyle television such as makeover shows; and in gossip websites, tabloids and magazines. Interestingly, there has been little work undertaken addressing men and ageing, except for some analysis of ageing Hollywood stars such as Sylvester Stallone (Feasey 2012). This chapter will review the emergent and key debates surrounding ageing, social media and celebrity, and provide an overview of a developing area within media and cultural studies.

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