Ellis Cashmore


Ellis Cashmore is the author of The Destruction and Creation of Michael JacksonElizabeth TaylorCelebrity Culture and other books. He is a professor of sociology who has held academic positions at the University of Hong Kong, the University of Tampa and Aston University. His first article for Fair Observer was an obituary for Muhammad Ali in 2016. Since then, Ellis has been a regular contributor on sports, entertainment, celebrity culture and cultural diversity. Most recently, timelines have caught his fancy and he has created many for Fair Observer. What do you think?

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Sex and Sports

The background image shows a bronze of a female runner,...

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Celebrity Culture

Over the past few decades, celebrity culture has taken...

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Drugs and Sports

The World Athletics Championships starts on Saturday,...


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