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Author Franklin, Megan Ashley, author.
Title Following the mouse : a historical and cultural analysis of the Disney fan community / by Megan Ashley Franklin.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2012.

 Electronic Book  HM45 .Z95 2012 F73eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (vi, 196 pages)
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Thesis M.A. California State University, Northridge 2012.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-193).
Summary The purpose of this thesis was to investigate the structure and traditions of the Disney fan community. More specifically, the aim of this study was to research how Disney fans build solidarity and form attachments. In addition, this studies in depth how fans share fan narratives, the importance of these fan narratives, and the role that these narratives play in mediating sacred and profane elements. The thesis examined Disney fans through participant observation and content analysis of Disney fan forums. In addition, twenty five individuals were recruited and interviewed through a convenience sample. The results of this thesis indicated that Disney fans use a variety of rituals and narratives to build solidarity with other fans and to mediate their relationship with Disney and the Disney parks. In addition, it was discovered that while Disney fans argued that Disney fans are unique, in many ways they are similar to other types of fandoms. However, in some ways, it was found that Disney fandom was extraordinary. Finally, it is noted that the Disney fans examined in this thesis form an example of a postmodern community.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on May 29, 2012).
Subject Fans (Persons)
Walt Disney Company -- Social aspects.
Walt Disney Company -- History.
Walt Disney Productions -- History.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Sociology.
OCLC number 850934933