The Two Bodies of Achieved Celebrity

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1
Resource Type
Text : Journal article
Creator
  • Rojek, Chris
Collective Title
  • Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung. Supplement
    No. 32 (2019)
Publication Date
2019-12
Embargo End Date
2020-06-04
Publication Place
Cologne
Contributor
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (Editor)
Publisher
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Language
English
Free Keywords
Celebrity; Immortality; fame; ascribed celebrity; achieved celebrity; attention capital
Description
  • Abstract

    From Medieval to Tudor times, the doctrine of the King’s Two Bodies was fundamental in government and the reproduction of social order. The doctrine held that the body of the monarch is simultaneously mortal and immortal. In terms of the hegemony of the power regime, this was given by God. It has long been assumed that the rise of Liberal Plebiscitary Parliamentary Democracy put an end to Royal absolutism. This paper uses the political thought of Carl Schmitt and Ernst Hartwig Kantorowicz to examine if this assumption is valid. The paper argues that the doctrine of the King’s Two Bodies survives in greatly translated form. The highest achieved celebrities today have two bodies, the one (biological and incorrigible), the other (mediated and incorrigible). The paper uses data from the posthumous existence of the highest achieved celebrities to substantiate this proposition. In turn, this leads to the beginnings of an enquiry into what the role of achieved celebrity in Liberal Plebiscitary Parliamentary Democracy, i.e., a society based on the principle of homogeneous equality, might be.
  • Series Information

    Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung. Supplement No. 32 (2019): Celebrity’s Histories: Case Studies and Critical Perspectives.

    Starting Point and Frequency: Year: 1988, Issues per volume: 1, Volumes per year: 1

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    ISSN: 0936-6784
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    URL: https://www.gesis.org/en/hsr/current-issues/2019/suppl-32-celebritys-histories
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Update Metadata: 2020-02-18 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2019-12-05