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Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Craig Bowman


In the past years, much psychological research and social studies have contributed to explaining and understanding the driving factors behind a popular cultural phenomenon—fandom. More and more people coming from different age groups, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds start to actively participate and engage in fandom activities and behaviors. It is believed that a healthy fandom community can have many potential benefits including while not restricted to emotional well-being, life satisfaction, belongingness and connectedness, and identity construction. This thesis intends to provide an overview for fans and the fandom community. I would use psychological works of literature related to fandom to explain how the concept of PSOC (psychological sense of community) and social identity theory fit into fandom psychology: why fans become fans and what do we get from being a fan?

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.