Lady Gaga and the sociology of fame

Pop provocateur lady Gaga may be only 24 but she has already won a string of awards and can now add another feather to her many hats: a university course in her name.

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Published: Thu 18 Nov 2010, 8:30 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:01 PM

‘Lady Gaga and the sociology of fame’ is one of the latest courses to be added to the curriculum at the University of South Carolina for the spring 2011 semester. And it already has the campus buzzing.

“The case of the fame of Lady Gaga is sociologically relevant as a study in popular culture and the social conditions of the current culture of fame,” said professor Matthieu Deflem, who will lead the course.

A self-proclaimed fan of the American music diva who has raised eyebrows with her over-the-top costumes, gravity-defying heels and stunning music videos, Deflem is also a huge follower of pop culture since the 1960s.

“The fame of Lady Gaga is a current occurrence that will also tie in with students’ interests,” said the professor.

The 48-year-old professor has met Gaga five times and seen her perform live 29 times.

And he argues that her meteoric rise to stardom is unique to today.

“Her fame has taken place over the past two years in a society which is very different from some decades ago,” Deflem said.

“Especially the influence of the internet and technology will be relevant.”

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