Stories of Difference and of Awakenings

  • Toija CinqueEmail author
  • Sean Redmond


This Chapter explores the way our respondents wrote and spoke about how David Bowie impacted upon their identity and sense of self, and the empowerment he often gave them through his representations and performances. Here we find stories of difference emerging, either framed through culturally empowering narratives of gender and sexual transformation, or around discourses of outsiderdom and alienation, which our respondents suggested Bowie provided escape from and a ‘home’ to arrive in. We also find narratives of awakening and sublimation where Bowie—his body—gave people experiences that were heightened and charged, electrifying and liquefying their being-in-the-world.


David Bowie Fandom Sexuality Family Desire Identification 


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  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and EducationDeakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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