Meet the Bronies: The Psychology of the Adult My Little Pony Fandom (Paperback)

Meet the Bronies: The Psychology of the Adult My Little Pony Fandom By Patrick Edwards, Daniel P. Chadborn, Courtney N. Plante Cover Image

Meet the Bronies: The Psychology of the Adult My Little Pony Fandom (Paperback)


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In 2010, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic premiered on television. A large, avid fandom soon emerged--not the pre-teen female demographic earlier versions of the franchise had been created for, but a roughly 80 percent male audience, most of them age 14-24. With this came questions about the nature of the audience who would come to call themselves "bronies." Brony Studies was born.

Approaching the fandom from a perspective of clinical, social and experimental psychology, this study presents eight years of research, written for academics and fans alike. An understanding of the brony fan culture has broader application for other fan communities as well.

Patrick Edwards is a retired clinician who has been working in the field and teaching for well over 30 years. He is the founder of the Brony Study Project and has published both within the field and recently finishing a series of fantasy fiction novels based on fan experience and psychology inspired by his work with the brony community. He lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Daniel P. Chadborn is an assistant professor of psychology at New Mexico Highlands University. He has published a number of papers in both psychological and cross-disciplinary journals on social identity, fan culture, and their association with a number of factors including stigma, charitable giving, inspiration, and sense of community. He lives in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Courtney N. Plante is a faculty member at MacEwan University in Canada and is a co-founder of the International Anthropomorphic Research Project which has studied the furry fandom for over a decade. His published works on fandom research, media influence on behavior, as well as other interests span a variety of topics within the social psychological perspective. Stephen Reysen is an associate professor of psychology at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and has had a longstanding interest in researching fan communities. His research focuses on personal and social identity, as well as global citizenship. Marsha Howze Redden is a retired full-time clinician with more than 30 years working in clinical practice. In addition to volunteer work she has continued to maintain her license and maintains a small private practice. She lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Product Details ISBN: 9781476663715
ISBN-10: 1476663718
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2019
Pages: 303
Language: English