Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

MJ: The Man in the Mirror Analyzed

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

MJ: The Man in the Mirror Analyzed

Article excerpt

The life of Michael Joseph Jackson (1958-2009) was extraordinary, to say the least. He was a singer, songwriter, dancer, and cultural icon who become one of the most popular entertainers in the world. His life and work is a combination of talent and contradiction, and as a result, worth detailed investigation. Therefore, we are issuing a call for a special edition on his contribution to the world of entertainment specifically; and human social-political culture in general.

The possible topics include, but are not limited to:

MJ as songwriter

MJ in relationship to the globalization of American culture

The social psychology of MJ

The politics of MJ

Intellectualizing MJ

What MJ did/didn't do for the African world?

MJ and the celebrity-mass media dichotomy

MJ: African American tolerance and acceptance

MJ: Identity crisis or simply eccentric

Michaelmania: The myth and the reality

MJ: Law and Society (accusations of child molestation)

MJ: Childhood robbery?

MJ: The commoditization of an image (the man-child persona)

MJ: Innovation-creativity

The politics-racism of the music industry (did MJ reach the core? …

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