Life course transitions and the future of fandom

C. Lee Harrington, Denise D. Bielby, Anthony R. Bardo

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We explore the future of media fandom through integrating insights from gerontology, human development, fan studies, and marketing. Given population aging and the dismantling of the normative 20th-century life course, along with rapid changes in the extent to which our lives are mediated, fandom is undergoing significant modification. We focus on how new findings on emotional maturation over the life course and scholarly identification of self-narrativization as a resource for 21st-century aging suggest ways that fandom may change over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-590
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Studies
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • aging
  • demographic transitions
  • marketing
  • media fans
  • media representations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies


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