Ellis Cashmore is currently a Visiting Professor at Aston. He was formerly a professor of culture, media and sport at Staffordshire University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, which he joined in 1993. Before this, he was professor of sociology at the University of Tampa, Florida; and, before this, lecturer in sociology at the University of Hong Kong.
Among his most recent of his books are Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama’s America, and Martin Scorsese’s America. A new edition of his Celebrity/Culture was published in Autumn 2013.
Celebrity has become measurelessly important in contemporary culture: consumers are guided by people who resemble themselves but whom they do not know. Cashmore explores the fascination with celebrities and the effects of this fascination inCelebrity/Culture the second edition of which is published in a digital format as well as a traditional paper book.