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Negotiating meaning in the consumption of the past.

Smith, Fiona; Brown, Mary


Mary Brown


The Internet and social networking technologies have facilitated communication between groups of retrophiles or fans of the past. The article seeks to examine motivations for retrophilic action and to discuss these ideas within the present late capitalist culture. The article discusses how retrophiles seem to use the past in order to (re)construct their individual and collective identities and it examines two recent media representations that present retrophiles in discourses of consumption and acquisition.


SMITH, F. and BROWN, M. 2014. Negotiating meaning in the consumption of the past. Journal of fandom studies, 2(2), pages 147-161. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Oct 1, 2014
Publication Date Oct 31, 2014
Deposit Date Nov 24, 2014
Publicly Available Date Nov 24, 2014
Journal Journal of Fandom Studies
Print ISSN 2046-6692
Electronic ISSN 2046-6706
Publisher Intellect
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 2
Pages 147-161
Keywords Nostalgia; Past; Retrophiles; Online communities; Identity; Discourse
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