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Jag och mitt fanskap: vad musik kan göra för människor
Örebro University, Sweden.
2013 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation aims to find further understanding of how people with special interest in a certain artist utilise music and the fact that they are fans in their everyday lives. I have opted to study two fans included in each group selected for this study: Kiss, Status Quo and Lasse Stefanz, one male and one female fan belonging to each respective group. I have worked according to grounded theory as a method, and through an analysis of their musical life stories, I have attempted to identify why they became fans and how them being fans has affected them in their lives.

Four categories, fandom as: a marker of identity, socialisation, a form of self therapy and a pseudo religion and the core category authenticity usage show the results of the study. The categories show that to a large extent it all comes down to the musical identity of these people, i.e. the identity of being a fan, and their experiences of being fans. They have been socialised into a specific genre, which has meant increased interest in a specific artist. Family, media and friends have all played a part in this socialisation. The informants have developed cultural competence as concerns their idols, although they have also gained the subcultural capital resources required in order to come across as credible fans. Various kinds of experiences offer meaning and nourish the fans. Security and stability in everyday lives are also contributing factors to them being fans and the music offers them something that they are unable to acquire from elsewhere. They have established different strategies in order to be able to be fans, one of these being legitimacy. A vital part of this legitimacy consists in them viewing the bands as authentic, i.e. important.

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Örebro: Örebro universitet , 2013. , 239 p.
, Örebro studies in educational sciences with an emphasis on didactics, ISSN 1653-056X ; 6
Keyword [en]
Fan, Fandom, Identity, Popular music, Grounded theory, Subcultural capital, Experiences, Learning, Meaning, Authenticity.
Keyword [sv]
Fans, Fanskap, Identitet, Socialisering
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Humanities, Musicology
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-43346ISBN: 978-91-7668-917-2OAI: diva2:814011
Available from: 2015-06-11 Created: 2015-05-25 Last updated: 2015-06-11Bibliographically approved

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