Identity and Performance

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


This chapter explores the complex and often thorny issue of identity and cosplay, and in particular, it considers cosplay as a performance of identity. The chapter begins with a consideration of identity as a (largely) modern concept and also reflects on the importance of identity in art. Next, we consider the role of performance in cosplay and how this has been previously theorised. Finally, the chapter focuses on the individualisation of society, how identity has (possibly) changed in a digital era, and concludes with a discussion on the death (and persistence) of identity.


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  1. 1.University of SalfordSalfordUK

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