Muslim Girlhood, Skam Fandom, and DIY Citizenship

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Abstract

While fandom is a dominant girlhood trope, few accounts examine faith in the context of girls’ fandom. Addressing this gap, using a feminist poststructural analysis, I draw on interviews and participant observation to locate fan communities as a space in which Muslim girls can enact citizenship. Combining youth cultural studies, girlhood studies, and fan studies, I explore how Muslim fangirls of the Norwegian teen web-drama Skam (2015–2017) draw on their desire for recognition and their creativity as cultural producers to engage in participatory storytelling that challenges popular representations of Muslim girls. This process enables the production of communities rooted in shared interests, experiences, and identities. I suggest that fandom should be recognized for its capacity to generate new meanings of citizenship for minority youth.

Contributor Notes

Briony Hannell (ORCID: 0000-0003-4861-3255) is a University Teacher at the University of Sheffield. She uses digital ethnography to explore the relationship between youth, digital feminisms, and fan communities. She has published in Transformative Works and Cultures (2020). Email: b.hannell@sheffield.ac.uk

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