Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Mirage Of The Celebrity Body: Media & Celebrity Influence, Body Image & Biases
by Sherman, Melissa, M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2016, 70; 10249755
Abstract (Summary)

Media’s influences on body image and the correlated biases and prejudices have been an ongoing topic of conversation since the dawn of the mass media era; as well as the growing trend of celebrity idolization and “worship”. However, social media is a modern medium with limited research on the impact. The thin / muscular ideals have been constructed and individuals are expected to conform to them or endure the consequences. The struggles for adequate representation, acceptance, and alleviation from these body biases have been an issue spanning generations and the globe. Method: Content analysis and comparison of user comments on selfies posted on Instagram by Female and Male Celebrities who have transformed their bodies seeking common trends or themes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mishra, Suman
Commitee: Baasanjav, Undra, Ibroscheva, Elza
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Mass Communication
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Mass communications, Gender studies
Keywords: Body image, Celebrity, Content analysis, Social cognition, Social comparison, Worship
Publication Number: 10249755
ISBN: 978-1-369-53068-1
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