Being There/Being Him

  • Toija CinqueEmail author
  • Sean Redmond


This chapter’s focus is on how David Bowie embodies the symbolic complexities of artistic and cultural forms in critically important aural and visual ways. His creative works have adroitly positioned specific narrative frames whereby his fans find room to contemplate and assemble their identity positions through imagination. In this chapter, the book explores the nature of David Bowie’s performances with a specific purpose to examine closely instances in which fans themselves metaphorically and physically ‘perform’ (as) David Bowie either in professional and social contexts or in domestic and personal ways and the authors seek to meet these performances in real life and ‘live’ encounters. In this chapter, the book finds that it is quite because there is no ‘definitive David Bowie’ that multiple interpretations are therefore rendered possible as a result. David Bowie presents fans with a range of reflexive resources that become useful for a multitude of ways of sustaining a coherent sense of self-identity. Here, the book probes some of the important ways that fans adopt, transcode and extend various Bowie star images or personae. There is a resulting flow ‘within/without’ whereby Bowie seems to be felt from within the body by resonating with/in his fans, and; without as fan perform in tributes, wear costumes, dress up, form ideological affinities and engaging in overarching joyful celebration.


David Bowie Fandom Performance Tribute Metaphor Carrier bag theory Star Resonance Affect Celebrities 


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  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and EducationDeakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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