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Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama's America

CASHMORE, Ellis (2012) Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama's America. Bloomsbury Academic, London. ISBN 9781780931494

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Beyond Black is Ellis Cashmore's compelling appraisal of the impact of black celebrities on the cultural landscape of contemporary America. In recent years a new variety of African American celebrity has emerged: acquisitive, ambitious, flamboyantly successful and individualistic - more interested in channelling their energy into career development than into the political struggles that animated some of their predecessors. Bill Cosby and Oprah Winfrey were early examples; current A-listers include Beyoncé and Tiger Woods.

The most valuable product these celebrities sell, according to Cashmore, is a particular conception of America: as a nation where racism has been - if not banished - rendered insignificant. Jargon-free but with scholarly attention to theory, evidence and logic, this is a riveting account of contemporary American society, from the minstrel shows of the nineteenth century, through the Hollywood film industry of the 1930s, to today's hip-hop culture.

Item Type: Book / Proceeding
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Psychology, Sport and Exercise
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Depositing User: Ellis CASHMORE
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 09:59
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 09:59

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