Making Cents of Contemporary Intimacies: The Private in the Public

  • Katja Lee


This section investigates the broad public markets for the commodification of the intimate and the private and examines the fluidity and, perhaps, the irrelevance of a boundary governing the public and the private. What is the private life/sphere if it is so easily and readily made available for production, dissemination, and consumption? These chapters are particularly interested in how these issues play out with individuals, particularly public figures and celebrities, who cultivate personas for the public and use various modes and discourses of intimacy in order to affirm and manage both their image and the publics consuming it. Chapters  11 and  12 focus on the consumption power of various publics to shape the practices and strategies of both corporate and charitable institutions. Chapter  13 explores how print media can (re) mobilise intimacies and feelings forged elsewhere in order to manage and shape how publics interact with music celebrities and their careers. The final chapter argues that public and private performances of spiritual practice on contemporary television programming in India offer us new models for a post-secular citizenship


Public Sphere Private Life Civic Activity Public Figure Public Forum 
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  • Katja Lee
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  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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