Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty of Arts
This research project examines the functioning of one specific serial murderer fandom community present online. Using ethnographic content analysis, the fandom was shown to undergo the creation, reinforcement and subversion of its own moral boundaries, undertake strategies of identity management in relation to their fan identity, and undergo emotion work to cope with the realities of serial murderers.
Spychaj, Michael, "“Serial killers are interesting, they’re not heroes”: Moral boundaries, identity management, and emotional work within an online community" (2017). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 1985.