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

Crawford, G ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7499-3864 and Hancock, DR ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3925-1814 2018, 'Urban poachers : cosplay, playful cultures, and the appropriation of urban space' , Journal of Fandom Studies, 6 (3) , pp. 301-318.

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Abstract

This article 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 article 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 article argues that a useful way of understanding cosplay is to consider the relationship between play and culture. In particular, the article 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
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Fandom Studies
Publisher: Intellect Ltd
ISSN: 2046-6692
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Depositing User: G Crawford
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2018 10:59
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 02:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/44899

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