Implicit Religion in Popular Culture

the Religious Dimensions of Fan Communities

Authors

  • Jennifer Porter Memorial University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/imre.v12i3.271

Keywords:

Popular Culture, Religious Dimensions of Fan Communities

Abstract

Studies of the relationship between religion and popular culture are not new, and the past decade has seen a dramatic burgeoning of interest in this relationship. Explorations of everything from Star Trek to Elvis have appeared in the scholarly literature, often making comparative arguments regarding the religious dimensions of popular culture. However, when scholars explore the religious dimensions of fan communities, analyses tend to pathologize the implicitly religious dimensions of fan experience. The concept of “authenticity” is used to undermine and devalue the sacred spaces that fans create, raising the question of what it means to be authentically religious.

Author Biography

Jennifer Porter, Memorial University

Memorial University

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Published

2010-05-09

How to Cite

Porter, J. (2010). Implicit Religion in Popular Culture: the Religious Dimensions of Fan Communities. Implicit Religion, 12(3), 271–280. https://doi.org/10.1558/imre.v12i3.271

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