Fan Cultures

1st Edition

Matthew Hills

Routledge
Published February 14, 2002
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9780415240253 - CAT# RU21748
Series: Sussex Studies in Culture and Communication

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Summary

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.

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