SOCY 398D: Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame accompanies “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame,” a course taught by Mathieu Deflem at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

Within the framework the sociology of popular culture and music, this course specifically focuses on socially relevant elements in the rise of Lady Gaga’s popularity to her current status as a burgeoning 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 with respect to her music, videos, fashion, and other artistic endeavors, with special attention for the role of: business and marketing strategies; the role of the old and new media; fans and live concerts; gay culture; religious and political themes; sex and sexuality; and the cities of New York and Hollywood. Thus, the course focuses specifically on relevant elements of the societal context of Lady Gaga’s rise to fame. These various social issues, furthermore, are explored from a distinctly sociological perspective that is grounded in the theoretical traditions of the discipline of sociology.


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