Celebrity Humanitarianism and North-South Relations: Politics, Place and Power

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Abstract

Discussion over celebrity engagement is often limited to theoretical critique or normative name-calling, without much grounded research into what it is that celebrities are doing, the same or differently throughout the world. Crucially, little attention has been paid to the Global South, either as a place where celebrities intervene into existing politics and social processes, or as the generator of Southern celebrities engaged in ‘do-gooding’. This book examines what the diverse roster of celebrity humanitarians are actually doing in and across North and South contexts. Celebrity humanitarianism is an effective lens for viewing the multiple and diverse relationships that constitute the links between North and South. New empirical findings on celebrity humanitarianism on the ground in Thailand, Malawi, Bangladesh, South Africa, China, Haiti, Congo, US, Denmark and Australia illustrate the impact of celebrity humanitarianism in the Global South and celebritization, participation and democratization in the donor North. By investigating one of the most mediatized and distant representations of humanitarianism (the celebrity intervention) from a perspective of contextualization, the book underscores the importance of context in international development.

Discussion over celebrity engagement is often limited to theoretical critique or normative name-calling, without much grounded research into what it is that celebrities are doing, the same or differently throughout the world. Crucially, little attention has been paid to the Global South, either as a place where celebrities intervene into existing politics and social processes, or as the generator of Southern celebrities engaged in ‘do-gooding’. This book examines what the diverse roster of celebrity humanitarians are actually doing in and across North and South contexts. Celebrity humanitarianism is an effective lens for viewing the multiple and diverse relationships that constitute the links between North and South. New empirical findings on celebrity humanitarianism on the ground in Thailand, Malawi, Bangladesh, South Africa, China, Haiti, Congo, US, Denmark and Australia illustrate the impact of celebrity humanitarianism in the Global South and celebritization, participation and democratization in the donor North. By investigating one of the most mediatized and distant representations of humanitarianism (the celebrity intervention) from a perspective of contextualization, the book underscores the importance of context in international development.

LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationMilton Park and New York
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages239
ISBN (Print)9781138854284, 9781138854277
StatePublished - 29 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes
SeriesRethinking Development

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Richey, L. A. (Ed.) (2015). Celebrity Humanitarianism and North-South Relations: Politics, Place and Power. Milton Park and New York: Routledge. Rethinking Development
Richey, Lisa Ann (Editor). / Celebrity Humanitarianism and North-South Relations : Politics, Place and Power. Milton Park and New York : Routledge, 2015. 239 p. (Rethinking Development).
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Richey LA, (ed.). Celebrity Humanitarianism and North-South Relations: Politics, Place and Power. Milton Park and New York: Routledge, 2015. 239 p. (Rethinking Development).