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Implicit Religion in Popular Culture: the Religious Dimensions of Fan Communities

Issue: Vol 12 No. 3 (2009)

Journal: Implicit Religion

Subject Areas: Religious Studies

DOI: 10.1558/imre.v12i3.271


Studies of the relationship between religion and popular culture are not new, and the past decade has seen a dramatic burgeoning of interest in this relationship. Explorations of everything from Star Trek to Elvis have appeared in the scholarly literature, often making comparative arguments regarding the religious dimensions of popular culture. However, when scholars explore the religious dimensions of fan communities, analyses tend to pathologize the implicitly religious dimensions of fan experience. The concept of “authenticity” is used to undermine and devalue the sacred spaces that fans create, raising the question of what it means to be authentically religious.

Author: Jennifer Porter

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