no one's posted on this in a while.
just thought maybe someone might take interest in reviving it.
Yes, someone like me...
I was talking to someone the other day about being a SW fan, and I find it so funny that I know so much crap about what amounts to absolutely nothing to do with reality.
I know, that's the whole point. It's just funny how these things consume our lives.
What's your take on it?
As I often mention in my posts, I have a master's in cultural anthropology, yada, yada, yada. From an academic perspective I would say that SW is a subculture. As you mentioned in your first post, it is part of your identity. There is no hard and fast definition for what a subculture is but a lot of it has to do with your identity and how you present yourself to others and how you perceive yourself. Now with these Jedi churches and whatnot it is becoming clearer and clearer that SW has become part of our mainstream consciousness and people associate with one another via this cultural conduit. There is also a temporal aspect. SW has been around now for what 32 years, so I think it's safe to say that it is not just a fad. It's like punk or goth or any other group. I guess one big difference is that with subcultures based on fashion, style and music there are multiple access points through which people can express their identity in terms of the theme. In the case of SW it is its own theme.
As far as its connection to reality goes well...we all have our own version of that don't we?
Anyway, I have read academic papers on treckies/treckers and they are always presented as a subculture. I think SW fits the criteria very well.
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