1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Sport Fans and Fandom

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ISBN 9780367358310
March 22, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
464 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the first book to explore the full significance of sport fans and fandom from an international and interdisciplinary perspective, across different sports, communities and levels of engagement. It gives a comprehensive overview of the undeniable economic and cultural influence of sport industries for which fans are the driving force.  

The book examines different theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of fans, including typologies of fandom, and presents cutting-edge discussion across broad thematic areas such as performance and identity, the business of fandom, and fandom and media. It considers the experiences of diverse and marginalised fan groups, with an emphasis on intersectional analysis, and shines new light on key contemporary themes such as fan activism, violence and deviance, mobility and migration, and the transformative effects of digital and social media. This volume includes chapters by many of the leading scholars responsible for having laid the foundation for sport fan research as well as early-career scholars who examine the newest developments in media technologies, legalized betting, gaming, and fantasy sports. 

Including perspectives from disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, psychology, management, economics, and media studies, this book is essential reading for anybody interested in the study of sport and wider society or fans and subcultures more broadly.

Table of Contents

1. Editors’ Introduction

Danielle Sarver Coombs and Anne C. Osborne 

Part I: What Is a Fan and How Do We Know? 

2. Imagining the Citizen-Fan: Sport Metaphor in American Politics and Implications for Democratic Culture

Michael Butterworth 

3. Using Sport Fandom to Fulfill Personal and Societal Needs

Daniel L. Wann 

4. Experiences of Female Fans in a Female-Defined Sport: Central, Valued and Visible       

Toni Bruce and Margaret Henley

5. Understanding Demand for Women’s Sports Begins with Understanding Men’s Sports History

David Berri 

6. Comparing the Cost of Fandom in European Football

Selçuk Özaydın and Cem Tinaz 

7. Building Civic Identity around a Suburban Ballpark District

Tim Kellison and Beth A. Cianfrone 

8. Studying Sports Fans through Ethnographic Method: Walk a Mile in their Shoes  

Jessica Richards, Keith Parry and Daniela Spanjaard 

9. Media Coverage of Sports Fans: A Framing Analysis

Mark Turner

10. Rebounding as Praxis: Interrogating Positionality and Proximity in Sporting Fieldwork

Courtney M. Cox 

11. Should We Admire Athletes?

Ben Bradley 

12. Centering Race in Sport Fan Research: A Call to Action

Anne C. Osborne and Danielle Sarver Coombs 

Part II: Who Fans Are 

13. Sport Fandom: The Complexity of Performative Role Identities

Shannon Kerwin and Larena Hoeber 

14. Women Sports Fans

Katharine Jones, Stacey Pope and Kim Toffoletti 

15. The Sports Fanship Lifecycle

Irene I. van Driel, Walter Gantz and Lawrence A. Wenner 

16. The Olympics Sports Fan: A Distinctive Demographic

Andrew C. Billings, Samuel Hakim and Qingru Xu 

17. Para Sport Fandom: Fans and Followers of Paralympians

Linda K. Fuller 

18. English Football, Sexuality, and Homophobia: Gay Fans’ Perspectives on Governance and Visibility        

David Letts and Rory Magrath 

19. Photography, Autoethnography & Mapping Sporting Transformations: A Discussion of Stuart Roy Clarke’s Work on British Football

John Williams 

20. The Ecosystem of Football Supporter Groups in Brazil: Traditions, Innovation, and Hybridity

Ana Carolina Vimieiro 

21. Disabled Athletes’ Use of Social Media to Cultivate Fandom

Joshua R. Pate and Robin Hardin 

22. Engaging the Non-Local Sport Fan

Dorothy Collins 

Part III: What Fans Do 

23. Digital Sport Fandom

Heather Kennedy, Josh Gonzales and Ann Pegoraro 

24. Online Performances of Fandom: Selective Self-Presentation, Perceived Affordances, and Parasocial Interactions on Social Media

Kathryn Coduto 

25. The Construction of Sports Fandom by Sports Betting Companies

Jason Kido Lopez 

26. Fandom in the Realm of Fantasy Sport

Brody J. Ruihley and Robin Hardin

27. Understanding Sport Videogames: The Extensions of Fan

Steven Conway 

28. Sports Fans Hunt for Women’s Games: Beyond News Media Coverage

Anji L. Phillips and Dunja Antunovic 

29. Twitter Discourse in the Southeaster Conference: The Nick Saban Effect

Vincent L. Benigni and Lance V. Porter 

30. Football Fan Reactions to Video Assistant Referee: No More Hand of God

Yuya Kiuchi 

31. Reconfiguring Transnational Fan Experience through Digital Media: European Football in China

Yuan Gong 

32. The Commodification and Mediatization of Fandom: Creating Executive Fandom            

Brett Hutchins, David Rowe and Andy Ruddock 

33. Football Fans and Food: Feeding the Desire

Keith D. Parry and Jessica Richards 

34. Fan Reactions to Athlete Activism: “Stick to Sports”

Stephen Warren

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Danielle Sarver Coombs is Professor in the School of Media and Journalism at Kent State University, USA. She has published extensively around politics, sports, and the politics of sport. 

Anne C. Osborne is Professor in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, USA. Her research and teaching focus on gender, media, and sport.