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Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World

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ISBN-10: 0814731821
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Editorial Reviews

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“Thought-provoking. . . . Well-selected and challenging collection.”
-Screen



Fandom explores the multidimensional aspects of the fascination, enthrallment, obsession that fans have with their various interests.”

-Journal of Mass Communication Quarterly

Fandom pushes the boundaries of fan studies in bold directions, incorporating high culture fandoms, global fan cultures, fan technologies, and antagonistic anti-fandom, while rethinking the core tenets of fan studies concerning aesthetics, place, intellectual property, and interpretive communities—all presented with a lively, accessible, and engaging writing style.”

-Jason Mittell,Middlebury College

“One of the best aspects of the text is the way that the contributors do not merely typecast fans as those interested in modern and popular culture, but also examine fans of mediums typically considered ‘high culture.’ This makes the book much friendlier to pop-culture fans, whose practices are typically considered lowbrow and fanatical when compared to someone who holds season tickets to the opera or visits an art gallery every weekend. As a fan, it’s nice to see that the behavior is not reduced to unnecessary fanaticism and is examined on a more subjective level.”
-M/C Reviews



“Highly recommended.”
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About the Author

C. Lee Harrington is Professor of Sociology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In addition to her books with Denise Bielby, she is co-editor (with Jonathan Gray and Cornel Sandvoss) of Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World (NYU Press, 2007).



Jonathan Gray is Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Television Entertainment and Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality and co-editor of Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era and Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World.



Cornel Sandvoss is Subject Leader in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at the University of Surrey and author of Fans: The Mirror of Consumption.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: New York University Press (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814731821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814731826
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at University of Wisconsin, Madison, where I teach and research television entertainment; comedy, parody, and satire; audiences; convergence; international media; textuality, intertextuality, and paratextuality; and a bunch of other things that catch my interest along the way.

I grew up in various countries -- Canada, England, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong -- and learned to study a country and what made it tick by studying its pop culture. Thus, after two degrees studying "high" culture and literature, I turned to examining the socio-cultural importance of television, film, new media, and everyday culture.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Aragon VINE VOICE on February 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
I found this book on the new books shelf at the university library. It's a cross between a media studies/cultural studies expose of the study of fan culture. The different chapters in the anthology cover different genres tv shows (Sopranos), women in violent movies (_Kill Bill_) and the aesthetics of fandom.

The book was well-written, researched, and entertaining. I ate up this book and this says lots since I'm really in research and teaching mode. This book will be best served by a lay audience who is already interested in popular culture, media studies, communication, etc. A university audience will also find this book interesting in various courses in the humanities and social sciences.

I can't decide which chapter was my favourite---they were all great. But, I do think the Into, Sopranos, and Kill Bill chapters were the highlights for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Ellwood VINE VOICE on September 24, 2014
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This is a collection of essays on pop culture studies, circa 2006, so some of the content is a bit dated, but all of it is interesting to read. However, one thing which stands out to me about this book is that many of the essays never really focused on identity in relationship to pop culture. I mention that only because I'd hoped to see more focus on that topic, and of course its in the title of the book. However what I did like about the book is that a number of essays focused on non-traditional fandom, with a focus on classical music, sports, and news fans, among other types, which made for some thought provoking reading. If you're interested in pop culture studies, or like me if you want to see what you can apply conceptually to practice based approaches to life, this book may provide some useful insights.
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My star rating reflects not the book's content, which is a really good collection of diverse fan criticisms and their approaches, but the version available on Kindle. There are no page numbers, rather citation relies on the clumsy Kindle location numbers. For a book whose primary purpose seems to be for scholarship, this is a frustrating issue.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elyse Tierney on February 8, 2013
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It was lovely but a big misleading in terms of the cover being hardback, not the one from the picture. that said it was in great condition
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