Getting a life: the social worlds of geek culture, by Benjamin Woo
May 06, 2019
Comic book superheroes, fantasy kingdoms, and futuristic starships have become inescapable features of today's pop-culture landscape. Yet these conventionalized representations of geek culture typically ignore the real people who have invested time and resources to make it what it is. Getting a Life recentres our understanding of geek culture on the everyday lives of its participants, drawing on fieldwork in comic book shops, game stores, and conventions, including in-depth interviews with ordinary members of the overlapping communities of fans and enthusiasts. Benjamin Woo shows how geek culture is a set of interconnected social practices that are associated with popular media.