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Rahman, Osmud, Liu Wing-Sun, and Brittany Hei-man Cheung. "“Cosplay”: Imaginative self and performing identity." Fashion Theory 16. (2012): 317–41. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.2752/175174112X13340749707204
BibTeX citation key: Rahman2012
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Categories: General
Keywords: Cosplay, Empirical research, Fandom, Hong Kong, Mask
Creators: Cheung, Rahman, Wing-Sun
Collection: Fashion Theory
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This study examines the emerging cosplay subculture in Hong Kong. A quasi-ethnographic approach including participation, observation, photography, and in-depth interviews was employed to understand the underlying motives and experiences of those engaged in cosplay activities. Authenticity, affective attachment, the extended self, and the negotiation of boundaries are also discussed in this article. From this study, it is evident that cosplay can give participants pleasurable experiences, meaningful memories, self-gratification, and personal fulfillment. Through this participatory activity, cosplayers can momentarily escape from reality and enter into their imaginative world. It is a form of role/identity-transformation from an “ordinary person” to a “super hero,” from a “game player” to a “performer,” and from “adulthood” to “childhood.”
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