Fan Cultures

Matthew Hills

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Emphasising the contradictions of fandom, Matt Hills outlines how media fans have been conceptualised in cultural theory. Drawing on case studies of specific fan groups, from Elvis impersonators to X-Philes and Trekkers, Hills discusses a range of approaches to fandom, from the Frankfurt School to psychoanalytic readings, and asks whether the development of new media creates the possibility of new forms of fandom. Fan Cultures also explores the notion of "fan cults" or followings, considering how media fans perform the distinctions of 'cult' status.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages256
ISBN (Print)978-0415240246
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2002

Publication series

NameSussex Studies in Culture and Communication
PublisherTaylor and Francis


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