Construction of discursive fandom and structural fandom through anime comics and game fan conventions in Malaysia

  title={Construction of discursive fandom and structural fandom through anime comics and game fan conventions in Malaysia},
  author={Eriko Yamato},
  journal={European Journal of Cultural Studies},
  pages={469 - 485}
  • Eriko Yamato
  • Published 1 August 2018
  • Sociology
  • European Journal of Cultural Studies
This article discusses the concept of fandom structures centring on Japanese popular culture fan conventions by highlighting potential factors underlying young Malaysians’ involvement in such conventions. Data were collected from participatory observations at four conventions and interviews with nine Malaysians involved in conventions for at least 5 years. These participants felt marginalized in their school lives because of their fondness for anime, yet they expressed a sense of togetherness… 
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