At the Heart of Celebrity: Celebrities children and their rights in the media

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Abstract

Based on a comparative analysis of celebrity magazines in Portugal and Brazil, this article analyses the representation of children of celebrities. Those magazines privilege an extreme personalisation of the stories and a strong valuation of the
photographic image, representing children as a source of happiness and affection within the family. Nonetheless, drawing on celebrity studies and on children’s rights and their implications for journalism, we concluded that this positive representation frequently collides with the children’s rights to privacy, to be protected from public embarrassment and to be heard in the issues that affect them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-34
Number of pages14
JournalInformation, Communication and Society
Volume27
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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Keywords

  • Children’s rights
  • Journalism
  • Celebrities
  • Magazines

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