SOCY 398D – Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame – Professor Mathieu Deflem (University of South Carolina)

Objectives: This lecture-based course introduces students to a sociological analysis of selected social issues related to the career of Lady Gaga. Specifically, within a framework of the sociology of popular culture and music, this course focuses on societal elements in the rise of Lady Gaga???s popularity to her global status as a pop music icon. The central objective of this course, then, is to unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga. Specific attention in this analysis will be devoted to the role of: business and marketing; the old and the new media; fans and live shows; gay culture; religious and political themes; sex and sexuality; and the city of New York.

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