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Becoming Brands: Celebrity, Activism and Politics

Edited by Jackie Raphael and Celia Lam

This book examines the intricate interrelations between power, persona, activism, philanthropy and feminism. In particular, key questions examined by the authors are how celebrity personas are deployed; how on-and-off screen activity impacts on celebrity brand identities; and how consistent messages are conveyed. These questions are explored through case studies including global celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Emma Watson, Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, Clint Eastwood, Freddie Mercury, and Paul Newman. Additionally, national perspectives are included through exploration of Polish rock-star-turned politician Pawel Kukiz, and feminist Turkish character Driver Nebahat. Whether it is celebrities bringing attention to activism or activists gaining fame, their brand identities can make a difference.

156 pages        24.99$        View ToC, introduction, and foreword (PDF file)     Buy this book

ISBN-10: 0993993885     ISBN-13: 978-0993993886

    



CrossBridge Spring 2017

CrossBridge is a full-color multidisciplinary and thought-provoking cross-over between peer-reviewed academic journal, public affairs magazine, and visual art/literary review. The journal’s vision departs the usual solely academic focus also to include practice-based research that enables social progress. Each issue also includes commentaries, reflections, and arts. Our authors and artists are inspirational thought leaders who bring forth provocative and actionable ideas, bridge gaps between theories and practice, and initiate personal and social transformation. This issue contains:  Politics: Donald Trump’s Wrestling Roots; Media: Implications of Journalism’s Tall Tales on a Telling Public; Politics: Dependency in the Age of American Fascism;  Poetry: The Muse Object Project; Reflections: Celebrating Life with Grief – The Talent of Deep Living; Short story: Time Zone; Visual art: Between Light and Darkness; and, Book review: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.

58 pages (full-color)        24.99$        View part of the content (PDF file)     Buy this book

ISBN-10: 0993993877     ISBN-13: 978-0993993879

    



Fame in Hollywood North: A Theoretical Guide to Canadian Celebrity Cultures

Samita Nandy (Author)

How does the Canadian nation play a role in constructing fame in Hollywood? What is the nature of celebrity cultures in Canada? This book answers these questions while shedding new light on the relationship between fame and nation. Nandy particularly debunks the popular myth that Canada does not have a star system. In fact, this book shows that an understanding of Hollywood celebrity culture is incomplete without the understanding of fame in Canada.

248 pages        59.99$        View ToC and chapter 1 (PDF file)     Buy this book

ISBN-10: 0993993834     ISBN-13: 978-0993993831

    



Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society

Robert Caine, Hilary Wheaton, and Louis Massey (Editors)

The authors of this edited volume each consider some of the issues and opportunities associated with media and education as enablers of social progress. The book includes chapters on the crisis in academia and higher education, media literacy, celebrity culture, journalism, public relations, and social media among others.

92 pages        24.99$         View ToC and chapter 1 (PDF file)     Buy this book

ISBN-10: 0993993818     ISBN-13: 978-0993993817

    





Teaching Compassion: On Behalf of the Animals

Robert S. E. Caine (Author)

This book investigates why most people view animals as nothing more than food products or possessions. Is the exploitation of animals so ingrained within human society that we are unable to ponder the pain and suffering experienced by countless animals as well as the killing of so many innocent beings? Teaching Compassion: On Behalf of the Animals shows that compassion for our fellow earthlings can be taught through both cognitive and emotional transitions. Robert S. E. Caine's powerful words inspire us to change the way we see the world and his concrete educational proposal indicates how.

282 pages        24.99$          View ToC and chapter 1 (PDF file)     Buy this book

ISBN-10: 0993993826     ISBN-13: 978-0993993824

    


Building Bridges in Celebrity Studies

Jackie Raphael, Basuli Deb, and Nidhi Shrivastava (Editors)

This edited book addresses the complex interplay between celebrities and media. Various themes are investigated including trend setting, consumer consumption, impact of social media, sensationalism in reporting, celebrities as a commodity, media scandal creating fame, and feminism. Building Bridges in Celebrity Studies invites scholars and media professionals to critically consider ethical and social justice directions where media and celebrities combine for a commitment to social transformation. Both media and celebrity culture are crucial parts of our daily lives, thus a greater understanding of how the two co-exist is essential. This book provides some key perspectives towards such understanding.

122 pages        24.99$          View ToC and chapter 1 (PDF file)     Buy this book

ISBN-10: 0993993842     ISBN-13: 978-0993993848

   


CrossBridge April 2016

CrossBridge is a multidisciplinary and thought provoking cross-over between peer-reviewed academic journal, public affairs magazine, and visual art/literary review. The name CrossBridge conjures the connecting of ideas, subject areas, and philosophies, bringing together schools of thought not usually viewed as having relevant association or interconnected discourse. The journal’s vision departs the usual solely academic focus to also include practice-based research that enables social progress, opinions and commentaries, and arts. We aim at embracing marginalized and often neglected members, ideas, and needs of and for the whole Earth community. Steven Johnson in Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation (2011) wrote that spaces that allow “collision of creativity” between people of different backgrounds facilitates innovation. CrossBridge aims at being such a space.

72 pages (full-color)        19.99$          View part of the content (PDF file)     Buy this book

ISBN-10: 0993993850     ISBN-13: 978-0993993855