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The Exile of Britney Spears
A Tale of 21st Century Consumption
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Price £23.50, $31.50
ISBN 9781841504100
Paperback pages

Published March 2011
Imprint: Intellect
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 What we consume matters: a conclusion that is making more sense as sustainability and eco-responsibility become part of our everyday cultural conversations. What we fail to realize is that we consume – unconsciously, continually, and, at times, violently – much more than food. The Exile of Britney Spears: A Tale of Twenty-First Century Consumption explains that we have consumed, digested, and eliminated Britney Spears in a process uniquely characteristic of American popular culture. In Christopher Smit’s explanation of the sociological, aesthetic, and political outcomes of this new mediated cannibalism; he offers the idea of exile as a new metaphor for the outcome of popular consumption. By investigating the psychological, personal and social matrix of Britney’s rise and fall (and rise again?), he outlines the process of her inevitable exile from global taste and favour. While the book encourages the reader to see Britney’s volition within her narrative, it ultimately works to explain the larger practices bound up with our consumption of her life within the malleable context of new media and digital communication.

Chapter titles
Preface: Two Notes for Readers
Prologue: Waiting
PART I: Creation
Chapter 1:
Consuming Towards Exile
Chapter 2:
The Baptists
Chapter 3:
The South
Chapter 4:
The Family
Chapter 5:
Stars, Mickey Mouse and the Ledge of Tomorrow
PART II: Consumption
Chapter 6:
The Universal Woman, Saint or Whore?
Chapter 7:
A New Currency
Chapter 8:
Chapter 9:
Chapter 10:
The Ease of Digestion
Chapter 11:
Exile on Main Street
Chapter 12:
Chapter 13:
The Vagina
Chapter 14:
Disabling Britney
Chapter 15:
The End of the Exile, ‘Complex Shit’
Naked Again
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