Title page for ETD etd-02082011-143418

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Via, Sandra Elizabeth
URN etd-02082011-143418
Title Celebrity Diplomacy in the Current Global Economy: A Feminist Perspective
Degree PhD
Department Planning, Governance, and Globalization
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Luke, Timothy W. Committee Chair
Sjoberg, Laura E. Committee Co-Chair
Brians, Craig Leonard Committee Member
Thadhani, Rupa G. Committee Member
  • neoliberalism
  • globalization
  • political economy
  • gender
  • Celebrity diplomacy
  • eminism
  • Angelina Jolie
  • AND George Clooney
Date of Defense 2011-01-25
Availability unrestricted
Using gender lenses, this dissertation examines the emergence of celebrity diplomats as viable political actors, providing diplomatic services focused on negotiation and humanitarian aid, in current international politics and the global economy. More specifically, this dissertation uses feminist political economy literature to examine how neoliberal globalization has contributed to the growing role of celebrity diplomats in international politics. I argue that the increased presence and involvement of celebrity diplomats in the post-9/11 era is the result of neoliberal globalization and the neoliberal state’s shift toward privatization of the public sector, increased militarization, and increased emphasis on commodification and consumption. In order to examine this phenomenon, this dissertation examines the diplomatic endeavors of two celebrity diplomats, Angelina Jolie and George Clooney. More specifically, this study provides an in-depth analysis of Jolie and Clooney’s roles and involvement in international politics. Moreover, this dissertation examines the gender roles of celebrity diplomats. Therefore, this dissertation provides a gender analysis of Jolie and Clooney’s diplomatic endeavors. I argue that Jolie’s diplomacy reflects her role as mother, while Clooney takes a masculine approach to his diplomatic agenda. Finally, the dissertation concludes with an analysis of the ways in which celebrity diplomacy can further promote a neoliberal agenda.
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