Pop Culture Fandoms and Kinship
Pop culture and cosplay conventions like ComicCon and DragonCon have become major cultural events in the United States, cementing fandoms around particular television shows and fictional universes as real-world communities. Participants often form very close, family-like bonds among networks of friends who attend these conferences. This research asks: How and why do these fictive kinships form among participants in these conferences? What roles do these bonds play in peoples' lives?
Bledsoe, Richard, "Pop Culture Fandoms and Kinship" (2018). University Research Symposium. 16.