Penny Andrews argues that thinking of political supporters as fans helps explain politics.
Penny Andrews argues that thinking of political supporters as fans helps explain the current state of politics.
Penny is an academic and a serial fan - covering everything from David Bowie to Ed Balls. And in this energetic and witty talk Penny argues that many of the characteristics of fandom elsewhere - a rich interest, a wish to protect the sanctity of the fandom, and a refusal to tolerate criticism - also mark politics and political fans, whatever side they're on. And that understanding politics in this way may help us understand it better.
Producer: Giles Edwards