Muslim Girlhood, Skam Fandom and DIY Citizenship

Hannell, Briony (2021) Muslim Girlhood, Skam Fandom and DIY Citizenship. Girlhood Studies, 14 (2). pp. 46-62. ISSN 1938-8209

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While fandom is a dominant girlhood trope, few accounts examine faith in the context of girls' fandom. Addressing this gap, using a feminist poststructural analysis, I draw on interviews and participant observation to locate fan communities as a space in which Muslim girls can enact citizenship. Combining youth cultural studies, girlhood studies, and fan studies, I explore how Muslim fangirls of the Norwegian teen web-drama Skam (2015-2017) draw on their desire for recognition and their creativity as cultural producers to engage in participatory storytelling that challenges popular representations of Muslim girls. This process enables the production of communities rooted in shared interests, experiences, and identities. I suggest that fandom should be recognized for its capacity to generate new meanings of citizenship for minority youth.

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Additional Information: Briony Hannell is an early-career researcher at the University of East Anglia (UEA). She uses digital ethnography to explore the relationship between youth, digital feminisms, and fan communities. She has published in Transformative Works and Cultures (2020).
Uncontrolled Keywords: muslim youth,citizenship,fan culture,cultural production,religion,girls' studies,fan culture,minority youth,cultural production,islam,fangirl,civic engagement,feminist poststructuralism,cultural studies,gender studies,sociology and political science,education,developmental and educational psychology,social psychology,life-span and life-course studies ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3316
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2020 00:53
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2021 15:57
DOI: 10.3167/ghs.2021.140205

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