Who do you mean by “fan?” decolonizing media fandom identity

Pande, Rukmini (2018) Who do you mean by “fan?” decolonizing media fandom identity. In: A Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies. John Wiley & Sons Inc., United States of America, pp. 319-332. ISBN 9781119237211

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Media or participatory fandom has often been theorized as a subversive space as fans work “against the grain” of hegemonic popular cultural texts, particularly with regard to queerness (Russ 1985; Bury 2005; Coppa 2008). However, when acafans talk about “women fans” the discussions remain centered on white, cisgender and American women, which is ironic considering fannish spaces have never been more active about critiquing those assumptions. This chapter takes an intersectional approach to the category of the “media fan,” examining critiques of fandom dynamics regarding the privilege accruing around notions of racial/cultural/ethnic identity. In this context, it proposes a reading of media fandom spaces as postcolonial cyberspaces (Fernández 1999; Nayar 2008)-examining the ways in which non-white fans negotiate with their sometimes inhospitable nature. Using data collected from fan interviews, it will also interrogate how non-white fans approach labels of identification within white-centric fan spaces such as “Fans of Color.”.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Activism | Critical race studies | Fan studies | Fandom racism | Gender studies | Postcolonialism
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Journalism, News and Media
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities
Depositing User: Mr Sombir Dahiya
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2021 09:45
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2021 09:45
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119237211.ch20
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/456


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