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Kathryn Lofton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226481937

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226482125.001.0001

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Sacrificing Britney

Sacrificing Britney

Celebrity and Religion in America

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Consuming Religion

Kathryn Lofton

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers whether celebrity culture has something specific to teach ritual theorists. In American culture, is the celebrity a divine figure, or just another commodity in the marketplace? This chapter maps a series of strategies for the study of celebrities within the study of religion and America, focusing on the production of pop star Britney Spears as a religious figure, a religious sacrifice, and a consumer product. The chapter focuses on theories of sacrifice to connect the history of religions to the contemporary celebrity landscape in which starlets serve as repeated sacrificial subjects.

Keywords:   Britney Spears, media, sacrifice, feeding frenzy, ritualization, victim, adolescence, Demi Lovato

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