Autobiographical reasoning in long-term fandom

C. Lee Harrington, Denise D. Bielby

Abstract


We explore the social psychological processes through which fan-based experiences become situated in fans' larger life narratives. Drawing on original survey data with long-term U.S. soap opera fans, we examine how the psychological mechanism of autobiographical reasoning functions in fans' construction of self-narratives over time. The case study presented here is a subset of a larger investigation into the age-related structure of fans' activities, identities, and interpretive capacities. Situated at the intersections of gerontological (life span/life course) theory and contemporary fan studies, our project mines relatively uninvestigated theoretical terrain. We conclude with a brief discussion of implications for future fan studies.

Keywords


Age; Aging; Life course; Long-term fans

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3983/twc.2010.0209

License URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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