Fan work: Labor, worth, and participation in fandom's gift economy

  • Tisha Turk University of Minnesota, Morris
Keywords: Community, Gift culture, Participatory culture, Work


Fandom's gift economy should be understood as involving a wide variety of gifts, a complex system of reciprocation, and the use of gifts as a sign of their reception.

Author Biography

Tisha Turk, University of Minnesota, Morris
Tisha Turk is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, Morris, where she teaches courses on writing, composition studies, the novel, narrative theory, and gender studies. She has written on the rhetorical and narratological dimensions of transformative works ranging from postcolonial novels to fan vids; her current research focuses on vidding and vidwatching.