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Celebrity Humanitarianism and North-South Relations: Politics، place and power

Tuesday 15/August/2017 - 08:38 AM
Sada El Balad

Discussion over celebrity engagement is often limited to theoretical critique or normative name-calling، without much grounded research into what it is that celebrities are doing، the same or differently throughout the world. Crucially، little attention has been paid to the Global South، either as a place where celebrities intervene into existing politics and social processes، or as the generator of Southern celebrities engaged in ‘do-gooding’. This book examines what the diverse roster of celebrity humanitarians are actually doing in and across North and South contexts. Celebrity humanitarianism is an effective lens for viewing the multiple and diverse relationships that constitute the links between North and South. New empirical findings on celebrity humanitarianism on the ground in Thailand، Malawi، Bangladesh، South Africa، China، Haiti، Congo، US، Denmark and Australia illustrate the impact of celebrity humanitarianism in the Global South and celebritization، participation and democratization in the donor North. By investigating one of the most mediatized and distant representations of humanitarianism (the celebrity intervention) from a perspective of contextualization، the book underscores the importance of context in international development.

This book will be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of development studies، celebrity studies، anthropology، political science، geography، and related disciplines. It is also of great relevance to development practitioners، humanitarian NGOs، and professionals in business (CSR، fair trade) who work in the increasingly celebritized field.

Editorial Reviews
"This is a landmark collection. Genuinely interdisciplinary، blending empirical study with theoretical analysis، and featuring global case studies from a wide range of perspectives، it pushes debates on the impact of celebrity ‘humanitarian helping’ forward significantly، considerably advancing our understanding of the role of celebrity intervention in contemporary global inequalities." –Jo Littler، City University London، UK

"This edited collection is an exciting addition to a proliferating literature. Rather than viewing the role of celebrities from a generic Western-centric perspective all the chapters demonstrate the importance of bringing the global South into the analysis in a nuanced fashion، with an appreciation of differences of place and context." –Andrew F. Cooper، University of Waterloo، Canada

Series: Rethinking Development
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 5، 2015)
Language: English
Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches

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