Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
This paper explores the fan identity as being synonymous with the identity of media producers through the lens of microfandoms. Microfandoms are co-created by the fans of an already existing piece of media, but act as their own independent fandom. By completing an illustrative case study through surveys, interviews, and data analysis, the author was able to view the production of a microfandom and the roles that fans inhabit within that space. Conclusions were reached regarding the role of hierarchy and social capital within tight-knit microfandoms, demonstrating that the means of fan production are informed by an individual’s status within their community.
Kirby, Abby, "The fan/producer duality in microfandoms: Examinations of collaboration, creativity, and capital" (2021). College of Communication Master of Arts Theses. 38.