From fan citizenship to ‘fanspiracies’: Politics and participatory cultures in times of crisis?

Simone Driessen, Bethan Jones*, Benjamin Litherland

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Fan practices and behaviours have increasingly moved beyond fan communities into the political, economic and cultural structures of every day life. The proliferation of social media platforms has allowed both the progressive and reactionary aspects of fandom to converge in the public sphere, drawing on similar techniques, pleasures, and practices in order to interpret the world in a culture where the boundaries between popular and political communication are blurrier than they have ever been. This special issue of Convergence explores the synergies, tensions and conflicts at play in this new cultural terrain. It explores how ‘fan studies can be used to make sense of the seeming growth of conspiracy theory communities and right-wing movements, examines political participation as a form of fandom, and the ways in which social media can be used to organize against discriminatory cultures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalConvergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies
Issue number1
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Feb 2024

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