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Crafting Cosplay

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

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the processes and interactions involved in crafting cosplay costumes and performances, but argues that cosplay is much more than simply a costume and a performance. The chapter begins by situating cosplay within a wider consideration of the changing nature of audiences. Following on from this, we focus on participatory culture, before advocating the use of communities of practice as a useful way of understanding cosplay as a crafting community. The main focus and final three sections of the chapter look more specifically at crafting cosplay. Here, we consider the making of cosplay costumes, the importance of authenticity, the role of judgement in maintaining and enforcing the culture of this community, and finally, inequality and hierarchies within cosplay culture.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SalfordSalfordUK

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