Stephen Glynn

in Quadrophenia

Published by Columbia University Press

Published in print February 2014 | ISBN: 9780231167413
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780231850551 | DOI:

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This chapter presents Joanne Hollows' critique of the ‘convertibility’ of the subcultural capital acquired through cult fandom. Drawing on the works of Pierre Bourdieu and Sarah Thornton, Hollows made a division between those who convert subcultural capital into economic capital through careers in fields such as retailing, distribution, and magazines, and those who convert it into ‘proper’ or cultural capital, frequently within academic writing. He said that latter ‘conversion’ can be problematic since such writing tends to reproduce rather than question subcultural ideology, partly because the author finds it so enjoyable, but mainly because it can be ‘defiant’ to exegesis.

Keywords: Joanne Hollows; Pierre Bourdieu; Sarah Thornton; economic capital; academic writing

Chapter.  14613 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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