Urban poachers : cosplay, playful cultures, and the appropriation of urban space

Crawford, G and Hancock, DR 2017, 'Urban poachers : cosplay, playful cultures, and the appropriation of urban space' , Journal of Fandom Studies . (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper considers cosplayers’ use and transformation of urban space. Cosplay provides an important subcultural embodiment of contemporary popular culture, through which we can learn a great deal about contemporary forms of fandom, participatory culture, and (mostly notably here) urban appropriation. This paper draws on data gathered from a four-year ethnographic study, but here specifically looks at a small cosplay community that regularly meets in a park in Manchester. The paper argues that a useful way of understanding cosplay is to consider the relationship between play and culture. In particular, the paper sets out a consideration of how cosplayers transform social spaces through the use of process of ‘synecdoche’ and ‘asyndeton’, which link together and edit out parts of the built environment or what we term ‘urban poaching’.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Arts & Media
Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Fandom Studies
Publisher: Intellect Ltd
ISSN: 2046-6692
Depositing User: G Crawford
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2018 10:59
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2018 15:01
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/44899

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