Fan research

My 1998 PhD ‘Understanding Elvis’ is available on request. Click below for other publications:



Duffett, M. ed. (2016) Fan Identities and Practices in Context: Dedicated to Music. New York: Routledge.

Duffett, M. ed. (2013) Popular Music Fandom: Identities, Roles and Practices. New York: Routledge.

Duffett, M. (2012) Understanding Fandom. New York: Continuum.



Also see my articles on music fandom in on the Elvis research page.

Duffett, M. (2018) ‘Understanding Which Fandom? Insights from Two Decades as a Music Fan Researcher ,’ in P. Booth, ed. A Companion to Fandom and Fan Studies. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp.463-476.

Duffett, M., Brooker, W. and Hellekson, K. (2017) ‘Fannish Identities and Scholarly Responsibilities: A Conversation,’ in M. Click and S. Scott, eds. The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom. New York: Routledge, 63-74.

Duffett, M. and Hearsum, P. (2017) ‘Alas Poor Richard: Fandom, Personal Identity and Ben Myer’s Novelization of Richey Edwards’ Life Story,’ Volume! 14, 1: 65-84.

Duffett, M. (2017) ‘I Scream Therefore I Fan? Music Audiences and Affective Citizenship,’ in J. Gray, C. Sandvoss and C.L. Harrington, eds. Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World. New York: New York University Press, pp. 143-157.

Duffett, M. (2017) ‘From Secret Fantasies to Social Systems: Re-Reading Starlust as a Portrait of the Dedicated Popular Music Audience,’ in I. Tsioulakis and E. Hytonen-Ng, eds. Musicians and Their audiences: Performance, Speech and Mediation. New York: Routledge, pp. 181-194.

Duffett, M. and Zwaan, K. (2016) ‘New Directions in Music Fan Studies, Editorial Introduction,’ @IASPM Journal 6, 1: 1-6.

Duffett, M. (2016) ‘Beyond Exploitation Cinema: Music Fandom, Disability and Mission to Lars,’ in L. Bennett and P. Booth, eds. Seeing Fans: Representations of Fandom in Media and Popular Culture. New York: Bloomsbury, pp. 13-22.

Duffett, M. (2015) ‘Why I Didn’t Go Down To The Delta: The Cultural Politics of Blues Tourism,’ in S. Cohen et al, eds. Sites of Popular Music Heritage: Memories, Histories, Places. New York: Routledge, pp. 239-256.

Duffett, M. (2013) ‘Introduction – Directions in Music Fan Research: Undiscovered Territories and Hard Problems [Editorial],’ Popular Music and Society 36, 3: 299-304.

Duffett, M. (2012) ‘Multiple Damnations: Deconstructing the Critical Response to Boyband Phenomena,’ Popular Music History 7, 2, pp. 185-197.

Duffett, M. (2012) ‘Applying Durkheim to Elvis,’ Transatlantica 2, pp. 1-6.

Duffett, M. (2012) ‘Why Promote Sold Out Concerts? A Durkheimian Analysis,’ Arts Marketing, 2, 1, pp. 22-44. (link to original)

Duffett, M. (2009) ‘We Are Interrupted by Your Noise: Heckling and the Symbolic Economy of Popular Music Stardom,’ Popular Music and Society 32, 1, pp. 37-57.

Duffett, M. (2003) ‘Imagined Memories: Webcasting as a “Live” Technology and the Case of Little Big Gig,’ Information, Communication and Society 6, 3, pp. 307-325.

Duffett, M. (2002) ‘Naturalizing the Webcast: Live Performance, Nostalgia and Paul McCartney’s “Little Big Gig”,’ Convergence 8, 1, pp. 30-42.



Duffett, M. (2017) ‘Jennifer Otter-Bickerdyke, Fandom, Image and Authenticity: Joy Devotion and the Second Lives of Kurt Cobain and Ian Curtis,’ Popular Music 36, 1, pp. 149-152.

Duffett, M. (2012) ‘Rupert Till, Pop Cults: Religion and Popular Music,’ Popular Music 30, 1: 162-164.

Duffett, M. (2004) ‘The Ballad of Mark Chapman,’ Kindamusik. December. Available online:

Duffett, M. (2004) ‘Matt Hills, Fan Cultures,’ European Journal of Cultural Studies 7, 2, p. 255.