1st Edition

Football Fandom, Sexualities and Activism A Cultural Relational Sociology

By Peter Millward Copyright 2023
    286 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This is the first book to examine the growing movement of organised networks of LGBT+ football supporters, exploring activists’ biographies and the meanings they ascribe to participation in identity politics-centred social movements.

    The book draws upon in-depth original research into the Pride in Football LGBT+ football supporters’ network in the UK, alongside comparative material from other countries. It is also the first book to apply a cultural relational sociological framework to the study of football fans and supporters’ groups, marking an important theoretical step forward that opens up new perspectives in the sociology of sport, the sociology of collective action and social movements, and the sociologies of genders and sexualities in the twenty-first-century world. As the struggle for cultural rights and recognition of LGBT+ communities continues, with football fandom providing an important site for understanding these issues given its historically embedded hegemonic masculine culture, and in the aftermath of gay male football player Jake Daniels’ ‘coming out’ in May 2022, the book offers timely insights into new social movements, the consumption of sport, and the experiences of people from a diversity of sexualities.

    This is fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in the sociology of sport, football, fandom, gender, sexualities, social theory, or social movements.

    1 Introduction 1

    2 LGBT+ Communities’ Experiences of Following Football

    3 The History and Emergence of the Supporters’ Network: Putting Pride in Football

    4 The Protagonist LGBT+ Supporter Clubs in the Pride in Football Movement

    5 Pride in Football as a Relational Social Movement Organisation

    6 Pride in Football’s Social Worlds of Conventions and Resources

    7 The Outcome and Tactics of Visibility: Forms, Politics, and Relationships

    8 Pride Events: Urban Spaces to Be Proud in Football

    9 The Geographies of Pride in Football: A Britain Beyond England, a Movement Beyond Britain?

    10 Conclusions: Football Fandom, Sexualities, and Activism


    Peter Millward is Professor of Contemporary Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.