A life course perspective on fandom

  • C. Lee Harrington Miami University, Miami-FL, EUA
  • Denise D. Bielby University of California – Santa Barbara-CA, EUA
Keywords: Fan studies, fandom, life course


In this article we explore a life course perspective on fandom, with particular emphasis on fandom and adult development. While there is growing interest in issues of age and aging within fan studies and within media studies more broadly, there is a tendency in this literature to discuss aging and the life course atheoretically, ignoring a rich body of scholarship in fields that examines how lives unfold over time. Our goal in this manuscript is to make explicit what is typically rendered implicit in fan studies to enrich our understanding of long-term and later-life fandom, and to suggest ways that fan studies might more fully account for fandom over time


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Author Biographies

C. Lee Harrington, Miami University, Miami-FL, EUA
Professor de Sociologia e Estudos sobre a Mulher associado à Universidade de Miami (EUA)
Denise D. Bielby, University of California – Santa Barbara-CA, EUA
Professora de Sociologia na Universidade da Califórnia, Santa Bárbara, e associada ao Departamento de Audiovisual e Estudos de Mídia, e ao Centro de Cinema, Televisão e Novas Mídias
How to Cite
Harrington, C., & Bielby, D. (2016). A life course perspective on fandom. MATRIZes, 10(1), 27-53. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v10i1p27-53