Transnational Celebrity Activism in Global Politics (Book)

Changing the World?

In recent years, celebrities from George Clooney to Bono to Angelina Jolie have attempted to play an increasingly important role in global politics. Celebrity activism is an ever-growing, internationally visible phenomenon—yet the impact of these high-profile humanitarians on public awareness, government support, and mobilization of resources remains under-researched. Bringing together a diverse group of contributors from media studies and public diplomacy, Transnational Celebrity Activism in Global Politics aims to fill that void with a new interdisciplinary framework for the analysis of celebrity activism in international relations.

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Lisa Tsaliki is a lecturer in communications and mass media at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Christos Frangonikolopoulos is assistant professor in politics and international relations at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Asteris Huliaras is professor of comparative politics at the University of Peloponnese.

Introduction: The Challenge of Transnational Celebrity Activism: Background, Aim and Scope of the Book 
Liza Tsaliki, Christos Frangonikolopoulos and Asteris Huliaras
 
PART I
TRANSNATIONAL CELEBRITY ACTIVISM, DIPLOMACY AND GLOBAL POLITICS
 
Chapter 1: Bringing the Individuals Back in? Celebrities as Transnational Activists 
Asteris Huliaras and Nikolaos Tzifakis
Chapter 2: Celebrity Politics and Cultural Citizenship: UN Goodwill Ambassadors and Messengers of Peace 
Mark Wheeler
Chapter 3: The Cosmopolitan-Communitarian Divide and Celebrity Anti-war Activism 
Annika Bergman Rosamond
 
PART II
TRANSNATIONAL CELEBRITY ACTIVISM AND CONFLICT
 
Chapter 4: ‘Creating a Groundswell or Getting on the Bandwagon? Celebrities, the Media and Distant Conflict’ 
Virgil Hawkins
Chapter 5: Can Celebrity Save Diplomacy? Appropriating Wisdom through ‘The Elders’ 
Henk Huijser and Jinna Tay
Chapter 6: Fighting Superior Military Power in Chiapas, Mexico: Celebrity Activism and its Limitations 
Roy Krøvel
Chapter 7: ‘Hollywood Goes to the Eastern Mediterranean: Spiro S. Skouras and ‘Unorthodox Power’, 1940s and 1950s 
Evanthis Hatzivassiliou and Georgios Kazamias
 
PART III
CELEBRITY ACTIVISM, GLOBAL HUMANITARIANISM AND THE GLOBAL SOUTH
 
Chapter 8: Consuming Ethics: Conflict Diamonds, the Entertainment Industry and Celebrity Activism 
Sue Tait
Chapter 9: The Global Politics of Celebrity Humanitarianism 
Riina Yrjölä
Chapter 10: Madonna’s Adoptions: Celebrity Activism, Justice and Civil Society in the Global South 
Graham Finlay
 
PART IV
TRANSNATIONAL CELEBRITY ACTIVISM, ‘CELEBRITYHOOD’ AND MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS
 
Chapter 11: Linking Small Arms, Child Soldiers, NGOs and Celebrity Activism: Nicolas Cage and the Lord Of War 
Michael Stohl, Cynthia Stohl and Rachel Stohl
Chapter 12: Calling a New Tune for Africa? Analysing a Celebrity-led Campaign to Redefine the Debate on Africa 
Dorothy Njoroge
Chapter 13: Fame and Symbolic Value in Celebrity Activism and Diplomacy 
George Pleios
Chapter 14: Celebrity Culture and Postcolonial Relations within the Portuguese Media Landscape: The Case of Catarina Furtado 
Ana Jorge
Chapter 15: Big Dog Celebrity Activists: Barking up the Wrong Tree 
Varihi Scott
Conclusion: Making Sense of Transnational Celebrity Activism: Causes, Methods and Consequences 
Liza Tsaliki, Christos Frangonikolopoulos and Asteris Huliaras
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