Fan Cultures

Matt 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
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)0203361334, 9781134551996, 9780203361337
ISBN (Print)0415240247, 9780415240253, 9780415240246
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2002
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSussex Studies in Culture and Communication


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