Presumed Intimacy: Parasocial Interaction in Media, Society and Celebrity Culture

Presumed Intimacy: Parasocial Interaction in Media, Society and Celebrity Culture

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`Presumed intimacy' refers to a relationship that requires instant trust, confidence, disclosure and the recognition of vulnerability. Chris Rojek investigates the impact of relationships of `presumed intimacy', where audiences form strong identifications with mediated others, whether they be celebrities, political personae or online friends. Arguing that the way the media are able to manage these relationships is a significant aspect of their power structure, the core of the book is an investigation into the complicity of the media in encouraging presumed intimacy and the cultural, social and political consequences arising from this. Beyond this, it examines how intimacy is performed as a masquerade in many social settings - the scripts we follow in social settings that try to manufacture a shortcut to intimacy.A compelling look into mediated relationships in the network society, Presumed Intimacy will be a key contribution to the critical analysis of society, media and culture.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 224 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745698107
  • 9780745698106

Table of contents

1. Living with Statistical Men and Women2. Chimerical Risk Management3. The Shockwaves of Trauma4. The Lost Neighbour Proposition and the Collateral Damage Problem5. Horizontal Frontierism: The Juggernaut of Character 6. The Accentuation of Personality 7. Vertical Frontierism: Four Case Studies8. Cracks in the Mirror9. The Gestural Economy10. Institutional and Counter-Institutional Gestural Economies11. Nuda VeritasNotesReferencesshow more

Review quote

"Encompassing topics as diverse as Mae West's fame and the consequences of Hurricane Katrina, Charles Dickens' novels and the dilemmas of modern democracy, Rojek's book is a tour-de-force of interdisciplinary social criticism. Ambitious in scope, brilliant in execution, it constitutes nothing less than a profound meditation on what it means to be a human being today."David Inglis, University of Exeter -Encompassing topics as diverse as Mae West's fame and the consequences of Hurricane Katrina, Charles Dickens's novels and the dilemmas of modern democracy, Rojek's book is a tour-de-force of interdisciplinary social criticism. Ambitious in scope, brilliant in execution, it constitutes nothing less than a profound meditation on what it means to be a human being today.-David Inglis, University of Exeter-Rojek has created yet another of his unique and insightful analyses of the contemporary world. As -familiar strangers- we live in a tenuous world built on presumed intimacy. One's anger about this world builds as one progresses through the book and leads one to applaud Rojek's call for, among other things, the veracity and emotional integrity that are increasingly being lost in our world of increasing presumed intimacy.-George Ritzer, University of Maryland "Encompassing topics as diverse as Mae West's fame and the consequences of Hurricane Katrina, Charles Dickens's novels and the dilemmas of modern democracy, Rojek's book is a tour-de-force of interdisciplinary social criticism. Ambitious in scope, brilliant in execution, it constitutes nothing less than a profound meditation on what it means to be a human being today."David Inglis, University of Exeter"Rojek has created yet another of his unique and insightful analyses of the contemporary world. As "familiar strangers" we live in a tenuous world built on presumed intimacy. One's anger about this world builds as one progresses through the book and leads one to applaud Rojek's call for, among other things, the veracity and emotional integrity that are increasingly being lost in our world of increasing presumed intimacy."George Ritzer, University of Maryland "Encompassing topics as diverse as Mae West's fame and the consequences of Hurricane Katrina, Charles Dickens's novels and the dilemmas of modern democracy, Rojek's book is a tour-de-force of interdisciplinary social criticism. Ambitious in scope, brilliant in execution, it constitutes nothing less than a profound meditation on what it means to be a human being today."David Inglis, University of Exeter"Rojek has created yet another of his unique and insightful analyses of the contemporary world. As "familiar strangers" we live in a tenuous world built on presumed intimacy. One's anger about this world builds as one progresses through the book and leads one to applaud Rojek's call for, among other things, the veracity and emotional integrity that are increasingly being lost in our world of increasing presumed intimacy."George Ritzer, University of Marylandshow more

About Chris Rojek

Chris Rojek is Professor of Sociology at City University Londonshow more