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First Comes Love : Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics (Hardcover)

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With the prominence of one-name couples (Brangelina, Kimye) and famous families (the Smiths, the Beckhams), it is becoming increasingly clear that celebrity is no longer an individual pursuit-if it ever was. Accordingly,First Comes Love explores celebrity kinship and the phenomenon of the power couple: those relationships where two stars come together and where their individual identities as celebrities become inseparable from their status as a famous twosome.

Taken together, the chapters in this volume interrogate the ways these alliances are bound up in wider cultural debates about marriage, love, intimacy, family, parenthood, sexuality, and gender, in their particular historical contexts, from the 1920s to the present day. Interdisciplinary in scope, First Comes Love seeks to establish how celebrity relationships play particular roles in dramatizing, disrupting, and reconciling often-contradictory ideas about coupledom and kinship formations.

With the prominence of one-name couples (Brangelina; Robsten) and famous families (The Smiths; The Beckhams), it is becoming increasingly clear that celebrity is no longer an individual pursuit (if it ever was). In the media age, celebrity relationships are ubiquitous and, as each chapter here illuminates, they have a particular role in dramatizing, disrupting and reconciling contradictory ideas about gender, sexuality and kinship identities. They can act as fantasies about love, marriage and family, as well as the aspiration for wealth as the road to luxury and stability (The Beckhams); they can reinforce conservative and traditional gender roles and sexual identities (Lombard and Gable); importantly, however, they can also participate in the disruption of these norms (Hollander and Bauer; DeGeneres and de Rossi).

Interdisciplinary in scope, and organized chronologically from the early 20th century to the present day, First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics comprises chapters that interrogate the ways in which these relationships are bound up in wider cultural debates, establishing an intellectual map of shifting notions of kinship over the last century.
Number of Pages: 371
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Media Studies, Sociology / Marriage + Family, Popular Culture
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic
Language: English
Street Date: August 27, 2015
TCIN: 17467438
UPC: 9781628921212
Item Number (DPCI): 247-46-9927
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