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Female Fans of the NFL

Taking Their Place in the Stands, 1st Edition

By Anne Cunningham Osborne, Danielle Sarver Coombs


230 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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In the past, sport, particularly football, has been defined as a male domain. Women’s interest stereotypically ranges from gentle tolerance to active resistance. But increasingly, women are proudly identifying themselves as supporters of their teams, and have become highly desirable audiences for sport organizations and merchandisers. Football provides a unique site at which to examine the complex interplay between three theoretical areas: identity formation and maintenance, commercialization of cultural practices, and gender hegemony. This book explores how women experience their fandom, and what barriers exist for the female fan.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Performative Sport Fandom 3. Knowing and Caring Modes of Fan Performance 4. Challenging the Stereotypes on Their Own Terms 5. A Family Affair 6. Community Ties, Community Pride 7. The Face Paint, Terrible Towels, and Tutus of Public Performances 8. Food, Football, and Fun: Watching at Home 9. Who Do You Think You’re Talking To: NFL Representations of Women 10. Conclusion. Appendix A: Interview Guide. Appendix B: Interview Participants.

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Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports