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Understanding Celebrity

Second Edition
Graeme Turner University of Queensland
© 2013   184 pages   SAGE Publications Ltd   
Inspection Copy
Individual Purchasers
Paperback ISBN: 9781446253212 £26.99
Hardcover ISBN: 9781446253205 £83.00
Ebook ISBN: 9781446294819

This revised and extended edition of Understanding Celebrity is an outstanding achievement. The book draws upon new transformations in celebrity - such as the deployment of the social media to create complex spaces of identification and agency - to assess its impact on all aspects of contemporary life. Graeme Turner writes with power and persuasion, and brilliantly explores what it is about celebrity today that should concern us all.

Sean Redmond

Deakin University, Australia

Accessibly written - and reinvigorated with reference to new case studies and trends - Understanding Celebrity remains a key touchstone for Celebrity Studies. Turner thoughtfully illuminates the variety of production and consumption practices through which celebrity circulates today, whilst remaining sensitive to the complexity of power relations in play. An essential read for students and scholars in the field.

Su Holmes

University of East Anglia

Understanding Celebrity not only cements Turner’s status as the most important figure in celebrity studies, but also reminds us why the study of celebrity is so important. Providing a significant and compelling update, Turner’s gaze fixes on developments in digital, social and global mediascapes, drawing media and celebrity studies into complex critical, political and cultural debates in his indomitable style.

James Bennett

Royal Holloway, University of London

An extraordinary synthesis of research and theory, filled with original insights, the new edition of Understanding Celebrity remains the go-to text of celebrity studies. From Elvis to Kim Kardashian, from old Hollywood to the Twitterverse, from fandom to DIY stardom, Turner covers complex ground with smarts and erudition.

Joshua Gamson

University of San Francisco

This is a timely and, given the meteoric emergence of social media, necessary update of Graeme Turner’s 2004 subject defining work Understanding Celebrity.  Turner widens the frame of discussion and it is here that the value of the book is evident, not only as summative text on the academic study of celebrity but also as a compelling exploration of issues relating to consumerism and identity, Americanisation and the ‘battle’ between elite and popular culture.

Dr Thomas Thurnell-Read, Coventry University

Network - Magazine of the British Sociological Association

A fantatsic and very current analysis of the celebrity culture. A must read for anyone, who is exploring the current culture and the importance of the celebrity on subject creation

Ms Irena Loveikaite

Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology

May 22 2015

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Along with Barron's Celebrity Culture SAGE is setting the benchmark for titles that explore the increasing important and prevalent relationship between celebrities and social life. Turner's book questions what celebrity is and how it has come to be so important in the twenty-first century before exploring how celebrity society is produced and consumed. It offers an excellent theoretical introduction of celebrity culture and is recommended for anybody looking to explore the relationship between celebrity and contemporary social life.

Mr Michael Rees

Business and Social Science, University of Wales

Feb 18 2015

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The domain of 'celebrity' rears its pervasive head in a range of subjects and topic-areas. I was drawn to this book as a supplementary offering for students of business and management that are interested in the use of 'celebrities' in marketing, branding and whole host of aspects of business and management. It is proving an insightful and accessible account in such instances.

Dr Peter Watt

Business Management, York St John University

Jan 25 2015

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Excellent reference for students researching topic and understanding relevant theoretical paradigms

Ms Elizabeth Cotterell


Dec 10 2014

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Likely to be of interest to our final year students studying celebrity.

Dr Lynne Hibberd

Cultural Studies and Humanities, Leeds Metropolitan University

Feb 07 2014

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The second edition of Turner's book is an essential for all those engaged in the filed of (celebrity) endorsers. The book addresses to practitioners as well as researchers and theorists.

Dr Carsten Moeller

Institute of Communication and Media Research, DSH - German Sport University

Jan 31 2014

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This is an interesting and well-focused text around the celebrity culture. It should provide students with a good complementary resource.

Gary Morris

School of Healthcare, Leeds University

Dec 13 2013

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An extremely valuable new edition of this seminal text.

Professor Julian Petley

School of Arts, Brunel University

Dec 01 2013

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