Performing as a Transgressive Authentic Microcelebrity

Microcelebrity Around the Globe

ISBN: 978-1-78756-750-4, eISBN: 978-1-78756-749-8

Publication date: 19 November 2018


Anglo-centric scholarship understands authenticity of online mediated performance for acquiring fame as a context-dependent claim, requiring labor in displaying a vulnerable self that is evaluated and validated by a relevant audience. This book chapter examines this concept in a non-Western context through a case study of a Pakistani microcelebrity, Qandeel Baloch. By explaining how Pakistani broadcast celebrity performances continue to be evaluated by religious and moral standards, this analysis finds how a transgressive performance shapes an authentic microcelebrity claim on social media.



Aziz, F. (2018), "Performing as a Transgressive Authentic Microcelebrity", Abidin, C. and Brown, M. (Ed.) Microcelebrity Around the Globe, Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 131-143.

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