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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > School for Education Futures > Early Years > The Cultural Significance of the Child Star.

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Title: The Cultural Significance of the Child Star.
Authors: O’Connor, Jane
Publisher: London: Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Issue Date: 2008
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/47422
Additional Links: http://www.routledgesociology.com/books/The-Cultural-Significance-of-the-Child-Star-isbn9780415961578
Abstract: The child star is an iconic figure in Western society representing a growing cultural trend which idolises, castigates and fetishises the image of the perfect, innocent and beautiful child. In this book, Jane O’Connor explores the paradoxical status of the child star who is both adored and reviled in contemporary society. Drawing on current debates about the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood and fears about children ‘growing up too soon’, she identifies hostile media attention around child stars as indicative of broader social concerns about the ‘correct’ role and place of children in relation to normative ideals of childhood. Through reference to extensive empirical examples of the way child stars such as Shirley Temple, Macaulay Culkin, Charlotte Church and Jackie Coogan have been constructed in the media, this book illustrates both the powerlessness and the power held by this tiny band of children, and demonstrates their significance as representatives of the public face of childhood throughout the twentieth century and beyond.
Type: Book
Language: en
Keywords: Child star
Childhood
Sexualisation
Commercialisation
Entertainment industry
Cultural studies
Sociology
ISBN: 0415961572
978-0415961578
Appears in Collections: Early Years

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