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The goal of this qualitative study is to explore the perspectives of women who are fans of the true-crime genre and listen to the podcast, My Favorite Murder, regarding factors that influence or deter their engagement with true-crime or the ways their views have been shaped by true-crime. The author is a fan of the show herself and has immersed herself in the scene by participating in three meetups with other fans of the show, interviewing two fans, and attending a live show of the podcast. She also analyzed a book written by the podcast hosts, three official handouts from the book release, five news articles focusing on the show, two publicly available interviews with the hosts and selected pieces of the podcast, its website, and Instagram page. Using the relational dialectics framework to analyze the data reveal tensions with which fans contend.
fandom; media studies; podcasts; qualitative methods; relational dialectics; true-crime
Communication | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Folklore | Gender and Sexuality
Chiang-Lopez, Claudia Gricel, "Sit Crooked and Talk Straight(ish): Exploring Dialectical Tensions in the My Favorite Murder Fandom" (2019). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3715.
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