Contextualising the Artwork

  • Garry CrawfordEmail author
  • David Hancock
Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)


To contextualise our research, and also more specifically the artwork of David Hancock, this chapter explores the relationship between subculture and art. In particular, the first part of the chapter sets out a framework for considering artists as either definers or documenters of subcultures. This analytical framework allows us to better understand how artists have directly contributed to the direction and aesthetic of a subculture, while others remain largely outside of the communities they seek to represent in their work. The second part of the chapter considers a number of artists who have specifically focused their attention on cosplay. These artists then contextualise the work of Hancock and our research by providing alternative ways of documenting subcultures and their participants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SalfordSalfordUK

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