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dc.contributor.authorElliott, Michael A.
dc.contributor.departmentTowson University. Department of Anthropology, Sociology & Criminal Justiceen_US
dcterms.creatorhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9629-8643en_US
dc.date.accessioned2022-08-02T21:27:19Z
dc.date.available2022-08-02T21:27:19Z
dc.date.issued2021-06
dc.description.abstractMy objective in this article is to outline both a conceptual and a methodological reframing of the ‘fandom as religion’ comparison from a social-scientific perspective. This comparison is familiar territory by now. It has survived the decades because there are, in fact, some striking similarities between fan devotion and religious devotion. However, there are some lingering issues that continue to hamper this field. As a result, I begin by discussing these issues in more detail and highlight how they can be problematic. Next, I discuss how fan devotion is better conceptualized as a sacred rather than a religious experience. Finally, I suggest suitable methods for gathering first-hand data from fans to test this association. On the whole, I believe this reframing will lead to a more accurate understanding of fandoms and chart a clearer path forward for scholars in this field.en_US
dc.description.urihttps://doi.org/10.1386/jfs_00036_1en_US
dc.formatapplication/pdf
dc.format.extent17 pagesen_US
dc.genrejournal articlesen_US
dc.identifierdoi:10.13016/m20oih-bz0e
dc.identifier.citationElliott, Michael A. 2021. "Fandom as Religion: A Social-Scientific Assessment." The Journal of Fandom Studies (9)2. Retrieved July 28, 2021 (https://doi.org/10.1386/jfs_00036_1)en_US
dc.identifier.issn2046-6692
dc.identifier.issn2046-6706
dc.identifier.uri10.1386/jfs_00036_1
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11603/25282
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherIntellect (Firm)en_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtTowson University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJournal of Fandom Studies;volume 9, number 2
dc.subjectFandom & cultureen_US
dc.subjectReligionen_US
dc.subjectSacreden_US
dc.subjectDurkheim, Émile, 1858-1917en_US
dc.subjectSocial sciencesen_US
dc.subjectSociologyen_US
dc.titleFandom as religion: a social-scientific assessmenten_US
dc.typeTexten_US


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