Placing Fan Cultures: Xenites in the Transnational Spaces of Fandom

Authored by: Kaarina Nikunen

The Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures

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

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


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Dynamics of space and place and the process of deterritorialization have become central topics in media research due to new technological developments, increased media mobility and transnationalism. This chapter, situated in the field of fan geography, brings theorizations of space and place to the context of television fan cultures. As we know, television has traditionally operated as a national medium that extends to a particular geographic area (Hilmes 2008; Scannel 1996), giving television the power to define that particular region and address the audience through a shared national identity (Kraszewski 2008). Technological developments in the television and media industry suggest a departure from nationally scheduled TV programming towards more individualistic, participatory and transnational consumption practices (Chalaby 2005; Moran 2009; Sinclair 2009).

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