Geek hierarchies, boundary policing, and the gendering of the good fan

  title={Geek hierarchies, boundary policing, and the gendering of the good fan},
  author={K. Busse},
Even though mainstream cultural constructions of geeks (and, through it, fans) have been changing recently, they remain heavily gendered. I describe how fans internalize these concepts, and how gender and gendering of fannish activities continues to affect interand intra-fannish policing. What underlies much of this border policing is a clear sense of protecting one’s own sense of fan community and ascribing positive values to it while trying to exclude others. Fans replicate negative outsider… Expand
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