Abstract

ABSTRACT:

Through a celebrity studies framework informed by political science, sociology, and postcolonialism, I demonstrate how refugees and celebrities implicate each other by tracing both figures' deployment as brands contingent upon the organization of capital in humanitarian organizations and the film and television industries. After providing an analysis of cinematic depictions of refugees to show the reversibility of stateless and star, I discuss structural and symbolic processes of colonization and migration codified through reality television tropes and the performance of celebrity charity. This contribution ultimately turns toward the self-representations of refugees, locating resistance in their refusal to participate in the economy of images.

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