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2009 - Identity play among live action role players: Constructing, performing, and managing fantasy identities

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Identity play among live action role players: Constructing, performing, and managing fantasy identities Baxter, Nicholas M. ProQuest, Ann Arbor MI, 2009. AAI1465303.

Abstract

Live action role playing is a unique type of leisure activity in which participants construct a fantasy identity. In this study, I utilize ethnographic methods to examine how NERO live action role players construct, perform, and manage fantasy game identities. Participants develop these identities through several processes of identity work that structure the creative performance of the identity. The players utilize identity typifications, construct characters, and manage costuming and appearance to create fantasy identities situated in a role play environment. This role play environment is also one of multiple realities with borders that must be symbolically managed by participants so as to separate the fantasy frame from that of the everyday frame. Players engage in various aspects of border work and border blending while navigating the world between these frames. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by addressing your request to ProQuest, 789 E. Eisenhower Parkway, P.O. Box 1346, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346. Telephone 1-800-521-3042; email: disspub@umi.com

Classification 7777: Sociology
Identifier / keyword 0344 Sociology, Theory and Methods 0626 Sociology, General 0700 Sociology, Social Structure and Development
Supplemental data 44 p. M.A. Advisor: Ferris, Kerry O. Edition date: 2009.
Title Identity play among live action role players: Constructing, performing, and managing fantasy identities
Author Baxter, Nicholas M 1

1 Northern Illinois University
Correspondence author Baxter, Nicholas M
Publication title Masters Abstracts International

Year 2009
Publisher ProQuest, Ann Arbor MI
ISBN 9781109184389
ISSN 0898-9095
Source type Dissertations & Theses
Language of publication English
Document type Dissertation
Journal announcement date ProQuest, Ann Arbor MI, 2009
Publication / order number AAI1465303
Update 2010-04-07
Accession number 201022132
ProQuest document ID 60361274
Document URL https://ezproxy.library.ewu.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.library.ewu.edu/docview/60361274?accountid=7305
Last updated 2011-12-15
Database ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection

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