“Get out of here you anti”: Historizing the operation of structural racism in media fandom

Pande, Rukmini (2024) “Get out of here you anti”: Historizing the operation of structural racism in media fandom. Feminist Media Histories, 10 (1). pp. 107-130. ISSN 2373-7492

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Pleasure(s) of people of marginalized genders and sexualities are central to media fandom scholarship, making it suitable to analyze as an identitopia. Recently, the figure of the fandom antifan or anti, an individual deemed hostile to fan pleasure, particularly around shipping practices and fanwork production, has gained prominence in fandom discussions. The anti is seen to interrupt media fandom’s identitopia through policing and puritanism. A troubling aspect of this formulation is the consistent identification of fans who are critical of fandom’s negotiation of race/ism, as antis themselves. They are then accused of supporting censorship in the name of social justice. This is a disruption of antifandom models as these fans do not claim a negative stance themselves. This article theorizes this disruption via the fandom killjoy, drawing from in-depth fan interviews and examining related racist incidents in fandom spaces

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Fandom studies | Antifandom | Critical race studies | Media fandom | Fandom racism
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > History
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Gender Studies
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities
Depositing User: Subhajit Bhattacharjee
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2024 08:58
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2024 07:07
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2024.10.1.107
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/7170


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