Fandom, Second Edition

Identities and Communities in a Mediated World

448 pages

6 tables

August, 2017

ISBN: 9781479812769



Add to Cart Available: 8/4/2017

Also available in


Media Studies


Jonathan Gray is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of Television Entertainment, Television Studies (with Amanda D. Lotz), Show Sold Separately: Promos, Spoilers, and Other Media Paratexts, and Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality.

All books by Jonathan Gray

Cornel Sandvoss is Professor of Media and Journalism and co-founding Director of Centre of Participatory Culture at the University of Huddersfield.

All books by Cornel Sandvoss

C. Lee Harrington is Professor of Sociology at Miami University. She is the author (with Denise D. Bielby) of Soap Fans (1995) and Global TV (2008).

All books by C. Lee Harrington

A completely updated edition of a seminal work on fans and communities 
We are all fans. Whether we follow our favorite celebrities on Twitter, attend fan conventions such as Comic Con, or simply wait with bated breath for the next episode of our favorite television drama—each of us is a fan.  
Recognizing that fandom is not unusual, but rather a universal subculture, the contributions in this book demonstrate that understanding fans--whether of toys, TV shows, celebrities, comics, music, film, or politicians--is vital to an understanding of media audiences, use, engagement, and participatory culture in a digital age.  
Including eighteen new, original essays covering topics such as activism directed at racism in sports fandom, fan/producer interactions at Comic Con, the impact of new technologies on fandom, and the politics and legality of fanfic, this wide-ranging collection provides diverse approaches to fandom for anyone seeking to understand modern life in our increasingly mediated, globalized and binge-watching world.


  • “An excellent collection, the second edition of Fandom continues to push the boundaries of fan studies in bold directions. Reflecting the new developments in the field, this lively, engaging, and high-quality volume will be the go-to book for anyone engaged with the future of fan culture.”

    —Jason Mittell, Middlebury College

  • “This new edition of Fandom takes fan studies in exciting new directions, providing a crucial intervention into the way the field is evolving. Thought-provoking and mature, it will change the way we think about the next generation of fan scholarship. A fantastic book.”

    —Paul Booth, author of Digital Fandom 2.0 and Playing Fans: Negotiating Fandom and Media in the Digital