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Fans, Fandom, and Fan Studies

  • By: Kristina Busse
  • In: Encyclopedia of Communication Theory
  • Edited by: Stephen W. Littlejohn & Karen A. Foss
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Communication Theory

The word fan has been in constant use since the 19th century, and the term fandom dates from the turn of the 20th century. Fan and fandom initially denoted sports-club fans and soon after, the quickly growing fanbase of science fiction. ...

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