Celebrity Humanitarianism

Celebrity Humanitarianism

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In the last two decades especially, we have witnessed the rise of a€˜celebritya€™ 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, MedeAsins Sans FrontiAures). This book examines this new phenomenon, arguing that celebrity humanitarianism legitimates, and indeed promotes, neoliberal capitalism and global inequality. Drawing on Slavoj A½iA¾eka€™s work, the book argues 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 a€˜branda€™; it advances consumerism and corporate capitalism, and rationalizes the very global inequality it seeks to redress; it is fundamentally depoliticizing, despite its pretensions to a€˜activisma€™; and it contributes to a a€˜postdemocratica€™ political landscape, which appears outwardly open and consensual, but is in fact managed by unaccountable elites.... the hedge fund that has been the source of his enormous personal wealth. SFM holdings are currently estimated at $4.2 billion, with the billionairea#39;s own net worth assessed at some $14.5 billion (Opalesque 2009; BBC 2010c; Forbes 2011).

Title:Celebrity Humanitarianism
Author:Ilan Kapoor
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-11-12


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