Soap Fans: Pursuing Pleasure and Making Plans in Everyday Life, by C. Lee Harrington & Denise D. Bielby.

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Rebecca G. Adams, Professor (Creator)
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Abstract: Soap Fans: Pursuing Pleasure and Making Meaning in Everyday Life. By C. Lee Harrington and Denise D. Bielby. Temple University Press, 1995. 225 pp. Cloth, $49.95; paper, $19.95. Reviewer: REBECCA G. ADAMS, University of North Carolina at Greensboro For decades, psychologists had a monopoly on the study of fans, whom they found to be abnormal, sometimes prone to violence, and worthy of ridicule. Such portrayals are a bit disconcerting, because almost everyone is a fan of someone or something, whether it be in the realm of film, sports, music, or even social theory. Recently, however, a few researchers have studied fan subcultures from a sociological perspective as normal, everyday phenomena, examining the internal organization of fan communities and the relationship of members with one another.

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Language: English
Date: 1996
psychology, sociology, book reviews, soap operas, fan communities, soap opera fans, television

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