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By Jane O'Connor

The baby celebrity is an iconic determine in Western society representing a transforming into cultural pattern which idolises, castigates and fetishises clone of the best, blameless and gorgeous baby. during this ebook, Jane O’Connor explores the paradoxical prestige of the kid megastar who's either loved and reviled in modern society. Drawing on present debates in regards to the commercialisation and sexualisation of youth and fears approximately young ones ‘growing up too soon’, she identifies antagonistic media recognition round baby stars as indicative of broader social matters concerning the ‘correct’ position and position of kids when it comes to normative beliefs of youth. via connection with huge empirical examples of ways baby stars akin to Shirley Temple, Macaulay Culkin, Charlotte Church and Jackie Coogan were built within the media, this ebook illustrates either the powerlessness and the facility held through this tiny band of kids, and demonstrates their value as representatives of the general public face of adolescence during the 20th century and beyond.

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