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LARP Games as a Subculture

Author(s): Angelina Ilieva
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Customs / Folklore, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Social differentiation, Sociology of Culture, Social Norms / Social Control, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: role-playing games; larp; scene; leisure subculture; (neo) tribes; bricolage

Summary/Abstract: The article is a conceptual rationalization of live action role-playing games (LARP games) from the perspective of subcultural studies. The phenomenon of LARP games is addressed through the ideas of John Irwin and Gary Alan Fine, both representatives of the late Chicago School tradition, and defined as a scene of interaction or a leisure subculture. In the presentation of forms of social organization and cultural practices of Bulgarian larp players key terms borrowed from influential theories in the fieldof (post)subcultural studies are used, such as (neo) tribes and bricolage. Both thedynamics of values and attitudes among the active participants and the ideas producedin the perception of the subculture by outside members of society are discussed. Thequestion of the ethical engagement of the researcher to the studied subjects has beenraised and the position of the scholar as a mediator in a media environment oversaturatedwith representations has been questioned.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 463-479
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bulgarian