Star Wars fan identity: the relationship between fandom and identity formation processes

Surovcova, Juliana (2012) Star Wars fan identity: the relationship between fandom and identity formation processes. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    News reports are often characterising fans as freaks or even psychopaths and academics frequently pay more attention to textual analysis rather than to the fans. This dissertation attempts to challenge this view through examining the nature of fandom and its connections to identity formation processes. It is founded on the assumption that all people are to some extent fans of something, but the way this fandom is expressed depends on individual personal characteristics based on one’s identity.
    Focussing on the fans of 'Star Wars' saga and drawing upon different examples of fan clubs and fan-based communities across the Europe and USA this work argues that the fan’s identity really matters. Firstly, it introduces the role of ‘national identity’ and ‘sense of belonging’ in the context of 'Star Wars' fandom. Then it considers a number of typical fan practices recognising various levels of activity according to fan’s devotion to the text. Finally, it discusses the role of gender in relation to fandom and fan practices. The dissertation concludes with reinforcement of the primary argument about importance of one’s inherited and developed attributes when studying fans and with recommendations for further research in the gender related issues surrounding fandom.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2014 15:14
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32

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