Sport Fans: The Psychology and Social Impact of Spectators, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Sport Fans

The Psychology and Social Impact of Spectators, 1st Edition

By Daniel L. Wann


256 pages

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Paperback: 9780415924641
pub: 2001-01-08

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First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


"Is this book a worthy addition to your library in sport psychology? Absolutely. It provides a comprehensive sampling of the empirical and theoretical knowledge base dealing with fans and spectators." -- Contemporary Psychology

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to the Study of Sport Fans

Defining and classifying sport fans

Demographic and personality traits of sport fans

The pervasiveness and impact of sport in today's society

Overview of the remainder of the text

PART I: The Desire to Follow Sport, Teams, and Athletes

2. Becoming a Sport Fan

Socialization into the role of sport fan

Sport fan motivation

Some final thoughts

3. Becoming a Sport Spectator

Theoretical approaches to sport spectating

The theory of personal investment

Some final thoughts

4. Sport Fans and Their Heroes

An introduction to hero selection

Sport heroes in contemporary society: Prevalence, selection, and influence

The impact of personality on the admiration of sport heroes

A rogue's gallery

Some final thoughts

PART II:Spectator Agression

5. An Introduction to Spectator Agression

Definitions and Distinctions

The various forms of spectator aggression

Assessing the magnitude of spectator aggression

Perceptions of spectator aggression among the interested parties

Some final thoughts

6. Psychological and SOciological Causes of Spectator Aggression

Psychological approaches to understanding spectator aggression

Sociological approaches to understanding spectator aggression


Some final thoughts

7. Sport Spectator Riots

Definitions of riotous behavior

Typologies of riots

Those who would participate in and escalate a sport riot

Those who would quell a sport riot: The peacemakers

Soccer hooliganism

Some final thoughts

PART III:The Function of Sport Fandom for Individuals and Society

8. The Psychological Consequences of Sport Fandom

Psychologically-based criticisms of sport fans and the pastime

Psychological Well-being and Sport Fandom

Some final thoughts

9. The Societal Consequences of Sport Fandom

The structural-functionalist perspective

Selected critiques of sport fandom

Some final thoughts


Author Index

Subject Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology