Defining the Furry Fandom
A qualitative approach was used to overview the “Furry fandom”. A literature review accompanied by information from Furry primary documents was used to define this fandom and then classify it as a unique subculture. Subsequently, a thematic and content analysis of 19 randomly selected Furry short stories was performed in order to identify the fandom’s prominent group perceptions and symbols. Two primary conflicts were noted as central to the Furry fandom 's collective perceptions, "rejection and acceptance" and "society and self." Independent raters supported the existence of these found conflicts within the fandom's literature. A variety of written and numerical data from Furry websites was then used to demonstrate these conflicts' salience within the fandom's mindset. Finally, a variety of Furry symbols were declared and defined as interpreted from the subculture's slang and fiction works. This study forms a foundation useful for further research on the Furry fandom. Studying the Furry fandom is valuable for better understanding the internet’s role in 21st century community development, sustainability, and change.
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Lavooy, Maria J.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences; Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Anthropomorphism; Fans (Persons); Internet -- Social aspects; Subculture
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Michaels, Jay, "Defining the Furry Fandom" (2006). HIM 1990-2015. 594.