American Ideal

American Ideal : How American Idol Constructs Celebrity, Collective Identity, and American Discourses

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American Ideal: How American Idol Constructs Celebrity, Collective Identity, and American Discourses explores ideals associated with American Idol, and includes deep examinations of contextual press coverage, official message boards, and the show itself. It finds that the representation of an idealized American culture endorses and supports contemporary cultural, economic, and institutional ideologies, particularly values of celebrity, beauty, American identity, and capitalism.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739164333
  • 9780739164334

Table of contents

Chapter 1. American Idol Chapter 2. Overview of Theory and Methods Chapter 3. Rags to Riches and the Discourse of Dreams Chapter 4. Contestant Archetypes Chapter 5. Narratives of Authenticity Chapter 6. Narratives of Transformation to Celebrity Chapter 7. Show Discourse and Collective Identity Chapter 8. Collective Identities on the American Idol Message Boards Chapter 9. American Idol Press Coverage: 2002 and 2008 Chapter 10. Conclusion
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Review quote

This very well-researched, documented, and appropriately theory driven book is remarkable for its clarity... For a reader who has never seen the show, I found this account of American Idol singularly engaging. I may now even turn it on. Studies in American Culture
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About Amanda Scheiner McClain

Amanda Scheiner McClain is assistant professor of communications at Holy Family University in Pennsylvania.
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