Understanding Fandom: An Introduction to the Study of Media Fan Culture

Understanding Fandom An Introduction to the Study of Media Fan Culture Fans used to be seen as an overly obsessed fraction of the audience In the last few decades shifts in media technology and production have instead made fandom a central mode of consumption A range of

  • Title: Understanding Fandom: An Introduction to the Study of Media Fan Culture
  • Author: Mark Duffett
  • ISBN: 9781441166937
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fans used to be seen as an overly obsessed fraction of the audience In the last few decades, shifts in media technology and production have instead made fandom a central mode of consumption A range of ideas has emerged to explore different facets of this growing phenomenon With a foreword by Matt Hills, Understanding Fandom introduces the whole field of fan research byFans used to be seen as an overly obsessed fraction of the audience In the last few decades, shifts in media technology and production have instead made fandom a central mode of consumption A range of ideas has emerged to explore different facets of this growing phenomenon With a foreword by Matt Hills, Understanding Fandom introduces the whole field of fan research by looking at the history of debate, key paradigms and methodological issues The book discusses insights from scholars working with fans of different texts, genres and media forms, including television and popular music Mark Duffett shows that fan research is an emergent interdisciplinary field with its own key thinkers a tradition that is distinct from both textual analysis and reception studies Drawing on a range of debates from media studies, cultural studies and psychology, Duffett argues that fandom is a particular kind of engagement with the power relations of media culture.

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    1. As a longtime fan with a recent interest in fan studies and acafandom, I figured this would be a good starting point in gaining an overview of the major theories, works, and scholars in the field of fan studies. I certainly was not left disappointed. While Duffett's text didn't really say anything that surprised me, putting it in the context of scholarship and history was very helpful. Duffett takes the time to explain the origins of fan studies and the breaks down the study of fans and fandom i [...]


    2. This is a comprehensive introduction to contemporary fan studies/fandom research, written in a manner accessible to the interested undergraduate or independent scholar. This single-authored book covers the major theorists and their theories and covers the stereotyping and pathologization of fans, the process of becoming and being a fan, various fan practices, the role of the fan community, and issues of fandom, gender, and sexual orientation. It also discusses the different types of fan scholars [...]


    3. A good overview on the state of media fandom research. I have a feeling I will be referencing this regularly. As a fan, the most engaging was Chapter 4 on the pathological tradition which outlined a history of mislabeling fans and the very gendered myths that problematize male and female fans. As a fan researcher in applied linguistics, the final chapters (9-11) that dealt with online fan communities, researching fandom, and the frontiers of fan research are most relevant. They provide a histori [...]


    4. Interesting, but unwieldy. I am not convinced that there is an overarching theory that can "explain" how one becomes a fan. Casting a net widely enough to capture all forms of fandom, from music to actors to telefantasty to characters etc Duffet allows some considerations to slip out of his grasp and truncates others to make them align. I have to say though, that the book itself is full of typos and misprints. I was shocked at what I can only consider sloppy editing.


    5. Really enjoyed this overview of fandom studies, and it came in very handy for my own thesis paper on the topic of musical subcultures.



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