Music/image and the cusp-persona: the child/adult public persona of child celebrities

Marshall, P. David 2017, Music/image and the cusp-persona: the child/adult public persona of child celebrities. In O'Connor, J. and Mercer, J. (ed), Childhood and celebrity, Routledge, Abingdon, Eng., pp.184-193.

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Title Music/image and the cusp-persona: the child/adult public persona of child celebrities
Author(s) Marshall, P. DavidORCID iD for Marshall, P. David
Title of book Childhood and celebrity
Editor(s) O'Connor, J.
Mercer, J.
Publication date 2017
Chapter number 15
Total chapters 15
Start page 184
End page 193
Total pages 10
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication Abingdon, Eng.
Keyword(s) Celebrity
popular music
Persona Studies
Celebrity Studies
Popular culture
entertainment industry
Summary One of the prevailing tropes of the child stars in popular entertainment is their precociousness. This chapter develops the public/popular construction of coming of age. It looks at how popular culture constructs the movement from child to adult which begins with precocious public presentation of children with adult-like abilities to their adolescent public transformations. From studies of early child stars of the twentieth century, mid-century popular music adolescent stars, recent boy bands and the investigation of two generations of Disney child stars, the chapter explores the way that music has been critical in establishing a cusp-like personality, one that allows the expression of childhood but challenges that identity by sexualizing the performer’s identity so that it is simultaneously child and adult.
ISBN 9781138855298
Language eng
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
200101 Communication Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
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