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The Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures

Edited by: Linda Duits , Koos Zwaan , Stijn Reijnders

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409455622
eBook ISBN: 9781315612959
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043485

10.4324/9781315612959
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Fans constitute a very special kind of audience. They have been marginalized, ridiculed and stigmatized, yet at the same time they seem to represent the vanguard of new relationships with and within the media. ’Participatory culture’ has become the new normative standard. Concepts derived from early fan studies, such as transmedial storytelling and co-creation, are now the standard fare of journalism and marketing text books alike. Indeed, usage of the word fan has become ubiquitous. The Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures problematizes this exaltation of fans and offers a comprehensive examination of the current state of the field. Bringing together the latest international research, it explores the conceptualization of ’the fan’ and the significance of relationships between fans and producers, with particular attention to the intersection between online spaces and offline places. The twenty-two chapters of this volume elucidate the key themes of the fan studies vernacular. As the contributing authors draw from recent empirical work around the globe, the book provides fresh insights and innovative angles on the latest developments within fan cultures, both online and offline. Because the volume is specifically set up as companion for researchers, the chapters include recommendations for the further study of fan cultures. As such, it represents an essential reference volume for researchers and scholars in the fields of cultural and media studies, communication, cultural geography and the sociology of culture.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Returning to ‘Becoming-a-Fan’ Stories: Theorising Transformational Objects and the Emergence/Extension of Fandom Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Populating the Universe: Toy Collecting and Adult Lives Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Much Ado about Keanu Reeves: The Drama of Ageing in Online Fandom Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Music for (Something Other than) Pleasure: Anti-fans and the Other Side of Popular Music Appeal  Download PDF
Chapter  6:  A Severe Case of Disliking Bimbo Heidi, Scumbag Jesse and Bastard Tiger: Analysing Celebrities’ Online Anti-fans Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Fandom as Survival in Media Life Download PDF
Chapter  8:  From Interpretive Communities to Interpretative Fairs: Ordinary Fandom, Textual Selection and Digital Media Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Fan/Celebrity Interactions and Social Media: Connectivity and Engagement in Lady Gaga Fandom Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Fans of Folklore Performances: Identifying a New Relationship Between Communication and Marketing Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Investors and Patrons, Gatekeepers and Social Capital: Representations and Experiences of Fans’ Participation in Fan Funding Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Music Fans as Mediators in the Age of Digital Reproduction Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Celebrity: The Return of the Repressed in Fan Studies? Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Fans Who Cut Their Soaps Queer: A Queer Theoretical Study into Online Fandom of Gay Television Representation Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Transnational Cultural Fandom Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Retreating Behind the Scenes: The ‘Less’-Civilizing Impact of Virtual Spaces on the Irish Heavy Metal Scene Download PDF
Chapter  17:  ‘Kvlt-er than Thou’: Power, Suspicion and Nostalgia within Black Metal Fandom Download PDF
Chapter  18:  A Decade in the Life of Online Fan Communities Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Placing Fan Cultures: Xenites in the Transnational Spaces of Fandom Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Embodied Fantasy: The Affective Space of Anime Conventions Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Watching Football in the Fan Park: Mediatization, Spectatorship and Fan Identity Download PDF
Chapter  22:  ‘We’re Not Racist, We Only Hate Mancs’: Post-Subculture and Football Fandom Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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