Cosplay as Subculture

  • Garry CrawfordEmail author
  • David Hancock
Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)


This chapter makes a case for considering cosplayers as a subculture. This, we suggest, provides a number of useful theoretical tools and parallels that can be drawn with other subcultures, which provide insights into the culture and practices of cosplay. In turn, we suggest that cosplay allows us to advance our understanding of the contemporary nature of subculture and recognises that these are no longer, if they ever were, necessarily full time and continuously visible cultures. But rather, the substance of most subcultures is found in their everyday and often mundane practices, such as subtle forms of consumption, participating in networks online, or a shared sense of community and identity.


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  1. 1.University of SalfordSalfordUK

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