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The Furry Fandom: constructing a costumed society for identity exploration

Authors
  • Emily Satinsky (Cornell University)
  • Denise Nicole Green (Cornell University)

Abstract

This paper examines the social-psychological influences of dress within the furry fandom. Using observations, surveys, and interviews at two fur conventions, I explore how individuals’ various identities are developed through costuming. The results reveal a spectrum of identities within the fandom; costuming and “dressing-up” enable individuals to safely explore, express, and negotiate these identities through as-animal performance.

How to Cite:

Satinsky, E. & Green, D. N., (2015) “The Furry Fandom: constructing a costumed society for identity exploration”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 72(1).

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Published on
13 Nov 2015
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