From interpretive communities to interpretative fairs: Ordinary fandom, textual selection and digital media

Cornel Sandvoss, Laura Kearns

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Abstract

The academic analysis of fans has frequently foregrounded two dimensions: creativity and collectivity. These characteristics of fandom in turn appear to set the practices of fans apart from other less productive and tightly knit audience groups. The 'field' of study in the empirical investigation of fan audiences is commonly defined as a given fan culture. Aspects of these fields are physically manifested through the in situ spaces in which fans move and associate such as sports stadia, concert venues, festival sites or other places of fan pilgrimage. While sociologists such as Robert Putnam famously have pointed to the rise of mass media consumption as a central factor in the growing social isolation and the decline of social capital, fan studies have frequently emphasized the role of community in media fandom. The notion of the interpretative fair as a textual market contrasts with much of the work of the first wave of fan studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures
EditorsLinda Duits, Koos Zwaan, Stijn Reijnders
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd.
Chapter7
Pages91-106
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781409455639, 9781315612959
ISBN (Print)9781409455622, 9780815382706
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes

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    Sandvoss, C., & Kearns, L. (2014). From interpretive communities to interpretative fairs: Ordinary fandom, textual selection and digital media. In L. Duits, K. Zwaan, & S. Reijnders (Eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures (pp. 91-106). Ashgate Publishing Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315612959-8