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Fan Cultures

ISBN-10: 0415240255
ISBN-13: 9780415240253
Edition: 2002
Authors: Matthew Hills
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Book details

List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/22/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Fans are one of the most widely-studied groups of media consumers. Often knowing more about a character or series than the star or program-makers themselves, and ready to make active, sometimes surprising readings of plot lines and characters, they are the ultimate active audience.Fan Culturesis the first comprehensive overview of fans and fan theory. From victims of capitalist exploitation to more positive interpretations, Matthew Hills outlines the ways in which fans have been conceptualized in cultural theory. Drawing on case studies of specific groups, from rock fans to opera buffs and Trekkies, he 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.

Matt Hills is reader in media and cultural studies at Cardiff University and the author of Fan Cultures, The Pleasures of Horror, and Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the Twenty-first Century.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction Who's Who? Academics, Fans, Scholar-Fans and Fan-Scholars
Fan Cultures between Consumerism and 'Resistance'
Fan Cultures between Community and Hierarchy
Fan Cultures between 'Knowledge' and 'Justification'
Fan Cultures between 'Fantasy' and 'Reality'
Fandom between Cult and Culture
Media Cults
Cult Geographies
Cult Bodies
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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