Describe and Analyse a Subculture with Which You Are Familiar

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Describe and analyse a subculture with which you are familiar.

The definition of a subculture is a culture within a culture where a group develops distinctive norms and values that are different from those of the mainstream culture.

The subculture that I will be writing about is called the Fan Base which is also know as the Fandom.

A fan base or fandom is a group of regular supporters and enthusiasts that spend a rather large amount of time and energy focussing on a team, musician or musical group, entertainer or any other celebrity; these different people/groups can be classed as sort of a leader or main person that holds the group together.

Fan bases do not majorly differ from mainstream cultures when it comes to values because so many of the fan bases that exist happen to fit in with everyday life. This therefore means that everyday values, sanctions and so on apply to these groups also. However, there are a few values that make fan bases different in comparison to mainstream culture for example, each fan base works like a family unit; they tend to only stick to people like themselves but a large amount of fan bases change their behaviour when it comes to interacting with other fan bases (especially fan bases that are similar to themselves or if there is some form of rivalry between their 'leaders'), they can get rude, disrespectful and sometimes even aggressive. But fan bases do not have major sanctions, the closest they get to a sanction is the person of their affection e.g. musician being disappointed in what they have done.

As for the norms of a fan base, the majority of them have some form of dress code however it depends upon what the fan base is based on. For example, if the fan base has a musical influence things like band t-shirts and wrist bands will be worn. If the fan base is based upon a television show, fans may dress similarly to characters from the show. Other norms include how fans behave when they go to a concert or even meet...
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