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Fractured Fandoms

Fractured Fandoms

Contentious Communication in Fan Communities

by CarrieLynn D. Reinhard
Hardback
Publication Date: 01/09/2018
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Being a fan helps people to discover their identities, find friends, develop a sense of belonging, express themselves creatively, and act as powerful creators and participants in a capitalistic system. At times, however, being a fan becomes problematic, especially when clashes with other fans occur both inside and outside of their fandoms and fan communities. As their communication becomes contentious, power imbalances destabilize collectives and fans experience fear, sadness, pain, and harassment. Such problematic situations can become "fractured fandoms." Fractured Fandoms: Contentious Communication in Fan Communities observes the problems or fractures that occur within and between fandoms as fans and fan communities experience differences in interpretation, opinion, expectation, and behavior regarding the object at the center of their fandom. The book demonstrates the fractures through an examination of self-interviews, collected news stories, and previous research regarding these problems, ultimately providing an assessment of the causes and effects of such fractures and the larger social and cultural issues they reflect.
ISBN:
9781498552561
9781498552561
Category:
Communication studies
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-09-2018
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
248
Dimensions (mm):
237x159x22mm
Weight:
0.51kg

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