Celebrity culture and public connection: Bridge or chasm?

  title={Celebrity culture and public connection: Bridge or chasm?},
  author={Nick Couldry and Tim Markham},
  journal={International Journal of Cultural Studies},
  pages={403 - 421}
  • N. Couldry, Tim Markham
  • Published 1 December 2007
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • International Journal of Cultural Studies
Media and cultural research has an important contribution to make to recent debates about declines in democratic engagement: for example, is celebrity culture a route into democratic engagement for those otherwise disengaged? This article contributes to this debate by reviewing qualitative and quantitative findings from a UK project on `public connection'. Using self-produced diaries (with in-depth multiple interviews) and a nationwide survey, the authors argue that while celebrity culture is… 

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