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Acta Theologica

On-line version ISSN 2309-9089
Print version ISSN 1015-8758

Abstract

SANCHEZ SABATE, Ruben; GELABERT SANTANE, Ramon Carles; BADILLA BRIONES, Yasna Alejandra  and  DEL VALLE ROJAS, Carlos. Christian and secular values for sale: the religious apostasy of celebrity and Disney's "Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus. Acta theol. [online]. 2017, vol.37, n.1, pp.97-119. ISSN 2309-9089.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/actat.v37i1.7.

Religious apostasy is a complex phenomenon that becomes even more obscure when it involves public figures in the media industry with economic interests at stake. A paradigmatic case is that of American singer Miley Cyrus, who went from being a famous religious role model for conservative American evangelical Christians to becoming a secular and liberal celebrity, playing in highly sexualized live shows and videos. Drawing on a complementary use of sociological, economic and language theories of value, this paper explores Cyrus' religious apostasy as a transformation from a Christian commodity to a secular one. Our study shows that, while for the industry, be it Christian or secular, Cyrus' sociological and language values are always subsidiary to her economic value as a commodity, for Christian consumers, her economic value depends on her social and language values.

Keywords : Miley Cyrus; Walt Disney; Conservative evangelicals; Theories of value.

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