The accidental celebritisation of Caster Semenya

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In 2009, South African athletics star Caster Semenya won the 800-metre women's title at the track and field World Championships in Berlin. Shortly before the final heat of that event, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) confirmed reports that she had been subjected to a process of 'gender verification'. This essay examines the ways in which the international media produced Semenya's accidental celebrity using Entman's (1993) notion of framing which 'essentially involves selection and salience'.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-296
Number of pages14
JournalCelebrity Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies


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