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Geek nostalgia: the reflective and restorative defence of white male geek culture
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6050-7020
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education. (UmSER)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3614-1692
Independent Academic, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4902-5519
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6413-6538
2024 (English)In: New Media and Society, ISSN 1461-4448, E-ISSN 1461-7315Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

During recent decades, geek culture has become increasingly visible, and the geek has left the cultural margins, becoming more popular than ever. At the same time, nostalgia has emerged as a central component of geek culture. Framed by a post-structural understanding of gender and race and drawing on cultural theorist Svetlana Boym’s distinction between reflective and restorative nostalgia, this article explores how and why geeks nostalgically long for a time when they were largely marginalized. We combine readings of Swedish online geek podcasts and YouTube channels with ethnographic visits to geek conferences and pop-cultural “geek fairs,” such as Comic Con and SciFiWorld. We argue that geek nostalgia represents a clinging on to a “constitutive wound,” allowing the geek figure to mobilize masculine victimhood in ways that simultaneously underpin geek privilege and allow the geek to continue operating as a white male gatekeeper of geek culture.

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Sage Publications, 2024.
Keywords [en]
Geek culture, gender, masculinity, nostalgia, race
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Learning Ethnology Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-221477DOI: 10.1177/14614448241232067Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85185910257OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-221477DiVA, id: diva2:1840539
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The Geek as gatekeeper? Changing relations between gender, race and technology, Swedish Research Council
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Swedish Research Council, 2018-03401Available from: 2024-02-25 Created: 2024-02-25 Last updated: 2024-03-06

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