Idols of goodwill: caring stars and the making of global citizens

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Idols of goodwill: caring stars and the making of global citizens

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<italic>Idols of Goodwill: Caring Stars and the Making of Global Citizens</italic>provides a new critical, historical perspective on media celebrity by tracing the emergence of stars as icons of global caring and international community. From early UNICEF educational documentaries featuring Danny Kaye to the on-going celebrity efforts to rebuild Haiti, I document how the discourse of stardom emerged as a powerful cultural technology of global governmentality by providing a material base for international regimes of development in Western contexts. Tasked with shaping global citizens responsive to international institutions and the general welfare of the world, caring stars like Angelina Jolie, Bono, and George Clooney are much more than publicity stunts for global charities, media industries, or the stars themselves. Rather, they are harbingers of global liberalism, helping to harvest the political, economic, and cultural conditions for cosmopolitan world order.


University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. November 2011. Major: Communication studies. Advisor: Laurie Ouellette. 1 computer file (PDF); viii, 268 pages.

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Wilson, Julie Ann. (2011). Idols of goodwill: caring stars and the making of global citizens. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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