Mark Duffett

Mark Duffett
University of Chester | UC · Department of Media

PhD

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As researchers, when we study media fandom, are we all studying the same thing? This chapter examines how disciplinary boundaries have shaped the author's research trajectory as a music fandom researcher. As part of this it surveys responses to his more general textbook, Understanding Fandom (2013). It is argued that although we would benefit, as f...
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Fandom, Image and Authenticity: Joy Devotion and the Second Lives of Kurt Cobain and Ian Curtis. By Jennifer Otter Bickerdike . Basingstoke: Palgrave, Macmillan, 2014. 199 pp. ISBN 978-1-349-48360-0 - Volume 36 Issue 1 - Mark Duffett
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Lady Gaga and Popular Music: Performing Gender, Fashion, and Culture. Edited by Martin Iddon and Melanie L. Marshall , M. New York: Routledge, 2014. 302 pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-82452-1 - Volume 35 Issue 3 - Mark Duffett
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Do fans sanctify their heroes? In the past, I have argued that Elvis fandom is not a neo-religious practice but that attention to a modified version of Durkheim’s theory of religion can, nevertheless, help to explain it as a form of social interaction. I take that argument further here, first by revealing the ethical and analytical advantages of ne...
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This chapter begins by examining the development of a fan studies mainstream as a process of marginalization of attention to celebrity. It then considers how deductive areas of fan research have also inadequately conceptualized celebrity attachment. Using Gary Boas and Richard Simpkin as examples, the chapter then shows that there are subtle differ...
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This article argues that the racial politics of music could reconsidered by focusing on social relations rather than musical objects. In that context it explores the situated politics of reported listening. What can an analysis of classic accounts of listening at the birth of music genres tell us about the changing shape of US race relations? By co...
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While the boy band genre has mutated and evolved, its popular portrayal has altered little since groups like New Edition and New Kids on the Block conquered the charts back in the late 1980s. After examining recent critical commentaries from Facebook-based ‘anti-fans’ and music critic Paul Morley, the article suggests that four discourses—youth, ex...
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Elvis Presley has always had a very prominent and loyal fan following. In this article I argue that although Elvis fans are not substituting him for a deity, we can use one mechanism from Emile Durkheim’s theory of totemic religion to understand the human chemistry of his phenomenon. Specifically, I argue that fans offer their collective attention...
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Pop Cults: Religion and Popular Music. By RupertTill. New York: Continuum, 2010. 215 pp. ISBN: 978-0-826-43236-0 - Volume 31 Issue 3 - Mark Duffett
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Purpose – The aim of this research paper is to examine why concert promoters sometimes advertise sold‐out live music shows when nobody can buy tickets any longer. Design/methodology/approach – Durkheim's theory of religion as a thrilling social activity is used to hypothesize that the advertising of sold‐out events reminds audiences that star perf...
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As the publishing industry seeks new ways to reach a consumer marketplace, popular music icons are increasingly being used as a hook to theme philosophical books offering life lessons on self-help, economic success and spirituality. 50 Cent's The 50th Law is a compendium of strategy that reinforces the rapper's image as a business man who happens t...
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Heckling has rarely been examined in popular music studies. The argument of this piece is that audience members heckle in an attempt to alter the balance of power in live musical performance. To understand this I introduce the idea of the “symbolic economy,” a framework of assumptions and interpretations held by audience members that gives stars th...
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This article is not available through the Chester Digital Repository. This article discusses "Party at the Palace" - a pop concert from Buckingham Palace in 2002 and the relationship between politics, the monarchy, and pop music.
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Most discussions of popular music on the Internet focus on the utopian potential of new file-sharing technologies, yet applications that reproduce existing inequalities also deserve attention. Webcasting is the streaming (transmission) of digital video to multiple recipients in cyberspace. Paul McCartney's Webcast from the Cavern was a landmark cas...
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Most discussions of popular music on the Internet focus on the utopian potential of new file-sharing technologies, yet applications that reproduce existing inequalities also deserve attention. Webcasting is the streaming (transmission) of digital video to multiple recipients in cyberspace. Paul McCartney's Webcast from the Cavern was a landmark cas...
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Rather than developing in isolation, media technologies emerge from a context of social practice. Each new medium has to be naturalised before users will accept it. Webcasting is the digital streaming of video data. As an embryonic media technology it remains technically inferior to other video platforms and actually represents on unintended use of...
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Common knowledge has it that Elvis Presley stood for sexual liberation – because his gyrations caused the first controversy, he liberated Western culture from the curse of sexual repression. Beyond the female fans that play a role in that image, Elvis has a vast number of male followers. With more than 20,000 members, the Official Elvis Presley Fan...
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On 1 July 1992 over 100,000 people assembled in various locations across Canada to see their favourite bands play live at the Great Canadian Party. Broadcast on television and radio, this Canada Day spectacle celebrated the country's 125th birthday, but rather than being organised by the state or a non-profit making citizen's movement, it was facil...
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The links between national identity and the music industry in Canada are too diverse to be understood with any simplistic model of the nation. In early twentieth century Italy Ahtonio Gramsci examined the consumption of serialized stories written by foreigners. He developed a view of popular culture which focussed upon the role of the State in main...
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This article is not available through ChesterRep. It can be accessed at http://www.kindamuzik.net/features/article.shtml?id=8099 This article discusses extreme fans, using the example of Mark Chapman.

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