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Transnational Celebrity Activism in Global Politics
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Published April 2011
Imprint: Intellect
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In recent years, celebrities from George Clooney to Bono to Angelina Jolie have attempted to play an increasingly important role in global politics. Celebrity activism is an ever-growing, internationally visible phenomenon—yet the impact of these high-profile humanitarians on public awareness, government support, and mobilization of resources remains under-researched. Bringing together a diverse group of contributors from media studies and public diplomacy, Transnational Celebrity Activism aims to fill that void with a new interdisciplinary framework for the analysis of celebrity activism in international relations.

Chapter titles
Introduction: The Challenge of Transnational Celebrity Activism: Background, Aim and Scope of the Book
Liza Tsaliki, Christos Frangonikolopoulos and Asteris Huliaras
PART I
TRANSNATIONAL CELEBRITY ACTIVISM, DIPLOMACY AND GLOBAL POLITICS
Chapter 1: Bringing the Individuals Back in? Celebrities as Transnational Activists
Asteris Huliaras and Nikolaos Tzifakis
Chapter 2: Celebrity Politics and Cultural Citizenship: UN Goodwill Ambassadors and Messengers of Peace
Mark Wheeler
Chapter 3: The Cosmopolitan-Communitarian Divide and Celebrity Anti-war Activism
Annika Bergman Rosamond
PART II
TRANSNATIONAL CELEBRITY ACTIVISM AND CONFLICT
Chapter 4: ‘Creating a Groundswell or Getting on the Bandwagon? Celebrities, the Media and Distant Conflict’
Virgil Hawkins
Chapter 5: Can Celebrity Save Diplomacy? Appropriating Wisdom through ‘The Elders’
Henk Huijser and Jinna Tay
Chapter 6: Fighting Superior Military Power in Chiapas, Mexico: Celebrity Activism and its Limitations
Roy Krøvel
Chapter 7: ‘Hollywood Goes to the Eastern Mediterranean: Spiro S. Skouras and ‘Unorthodox Power’, 1940s and 1950s
Evanthis Hatzivassiliou and Georgios Kazamias
PART III
CELEBRITY ACTIVISM, GLOBAL HUMANITARIANISM AND THE GLOBAL SOUTH
Chapter 8: Consuming Ethics: Conflict Diamonds, the Entertainment Industry and Celebrity Activism
Sue Tait
Chapter 9: The Global Politics of Celebrity Humanitarianism
Riina Yrjölä
Chapter 10: Madonna’s Adoptions: Celebrity Activism, Justice and Civil Society in the Global South
Graham Finlay
PART IV
TRANSNATIONAL CELEBRITY ACTIVISM, ‘CELEBRITYHOOD’ AND MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS
Chapter 11: Linking Small Arms, Child Soldiers, NGOs and Celebrity Activism: Nicolas Cage and the Lord Of War
Michael Stohl, Cynthia Stohl and Rachel Stohl
Chapter 12: Calling a New Tune for Africa? Analysing a Celebrity-led Campaign to Redefine the Debate on Africa
Dorothy Njoroge
Chapter 13: Fame and Symbolic Value in Celebrity Activism and Diplomacy
George Pleios
Chapter 14: Celebrity Culture and Postcolonial Relations within the Portuguese Media Landscape: The Case of Catarina Furtado
Ana Jorge
Chapter 15: Big Dog Celebrity Activists: Barking up the Wrong Tree
Varihi Scott
Conclusion: Making Sense of Transnational Celebrity Activism: Causes, Methods and Consequences
Liza Tsaliki, Christos Frangonikolopoulos and Asteris Huliaras
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