Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

All My Fandom Life: Fan Identity Formation & Authority
by Sweeney, Nicole, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2014, 69; 10305758
Abstract (Summary)

This paper explores the way in which fans incorporate and deploy elements of a media text in order to frame the terms for their own identity construction in online environments. Through a critical discourse analysis of fans of two media properties, this research explores the way the foundations of two media texts facilitate or deny a fan’s sense of authority over those terms. The nature of the two media texts also shapes and defines the corresponding fan communities, which themselves affirm and deny a fan’s authority over their own identity performance. This analysis demonstrates the way in which media environment which actively courts participation yields a stronger sense of fan authority.

Keywords: fans, fandom, identity formation, identity performance, YouTube

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Payne, Robert
Commitee: Aytes, Ayhan
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: Global Communications
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Multimedia Communications
Keywords: Fandom, Identity formation, Media environment, YouTube
Publication Number: 10305758
ISBN: 978-1-369-49322-1
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