(Not) Very Important People: Millennial Fantasies of Mobility in the Age of Excess [Book review]

Hopkins, Susan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1781-2382 (2022) (Not) Very Important People: Millennial Fantasies of Mobility in the Age of Excess [Book review]. Media and Communication, 10 (1). pp. 297-300.

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Abstract

In her fascinating but frustrating new book, Very Important People: Status and Beauty in the Global Party Circuit, American sociologist, Ashley Mears (2020) offers both academic and mainstream readers a titillating, cross‐over tour around the 'cool' nightclub and party scene of the 'global elite.' It is perhaps not so much global, however, as American, in the sense of the heteropatriarchal, middle‐aged, male, working rich of America (or more precisely of its financial capital New York), jetting into their traditional party hotspots of Miami, Saint‐Tropez, or the French Riviera, to party with young women who are (indirectly) paid (in‐kind) to pose with them. Whether intentional or unintentional, along the way Mears also offers a dark mirror to the fears and fantasies of a rather lost millennial generation, raised in a new media, image age, which has coupled fast and furious performative excess to old fashioned sexual objectification, in the guise of fun and empowerment for the beautiful people.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This book review is part of the issue “New Narratives for New Consumers: Influencers and the Millennial and Centennial Generations” edited by Luis M. Romero‐Rodríguez (Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain), Santiago Tejedor (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain) and Inmaculada Berlanga (International University of La Rioja, Spain).
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2022 01:40
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 03:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: beauty capital; ethnography; fashion models; global elites; hustle culture
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470107 Media studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130204 The media
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130205 Visual communication
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.17645/mac.v10i1.4778
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/47217

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