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Celebrity humanitarianism : the ideology of global charity

Author: Ilan Kapoor
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2013.
Series: Interventions (Routledge (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the last two decades especially, we have witnessed the rise of 'celebrity' forms of global humanitarianism and charity work, spearheaded by entertainment stars, billionaires, and activist NGOs (e.g. Bob Geldof, Bono, Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Bill Gates, George Soros, Save Darfur, Medeçins Sans Frontières). This book examines this new phenomenon, arguing that celebrity humanitarianism legitimates, and indeed
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ilan Kapoor
ISBN: 9780415783385 0415783380 9780415783392 0415783399 9780203082270 0203082273
OCLC Number: 754731342
Description: xiv, 145 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: celebrity humanitarianism and ideology --
Celebrities: humanitarians or ideologues? --
Billionaires and corporate philanthropy: 'decaf capitalism' --
'Spectacular NGOs': activism without action? --
Conclusion: what is to be done?
Series Title: Interventions (Routledge (Firm))
Responsibility: Ilan Kapoor.

Abstract:

"In the last two decades especially, we have witnessed the rise of 'celebrity' forms of global humanitarianism and charity work, spearheaded by entertainment stars, billionaires, and activist NGOs (e.g. Bob Geldof, Bono, Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Bill Gates, George Soros, Save Darfur, Medeçins Sans Frontières). This book examines this new phenomenon, arguing that celebrity humanitarianism legitimates, and indeed promotes, neoliberal capitalism and global inequality. Drawing on Slavoj Žižek's work, the book shows how celebrity humanitarianism, far from being altruistic, is significantly contaminated and ideological: it is most often self-serving, helping to promote institutional aggrandizement and the celebrity 'brand'; it advances consumerism and corporate capitalism, and rationalizes the very global inequality it seeks to redress; it is fundamentally depoliticizing, despite its pretensions to 'activism'; and it contributes to a 'postdemocratic' political landscape, which appears outwardly open and consensual, but is in fact managed by unaccountable elites"--

"This book examines the new phenomenon of celebrity humanitarianism arguing that legitimates neoliberal capitalism and global inequality"--

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"Kapoor cuts through the tsunami of celebrity banality like a hyper-critical porpoise with purpose - a sleek, brilliant riposte to gormless media values." - Paul A. Taylor, University of Leeds"Ilan Read more...

 
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