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Being a Celebrity: A Phenomenology of Fame

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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/004726609X12482630041889 Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 40 (2009) 178–210 brill.nl/jpp pheno menol ogical p s y c h ology jour nal of © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 Being a Celebrity: A Phenomenology of Fame Donna Rockwell Michigan School of Professional Psychology David C. Giles University of Winchester Abstract Th e experience of being famous was investigated through interviews with 15 well- known American celebrities. Th e interviews detail the existential parameters of being famous in contemporary culture. Research participants were celebrities in various societal categories: government, law, business, publishing, sports, music, fi lm,

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