Learning the game: Football fandom culture and the origins of practice

Dixon, Kevin (2013) Learning the game: Football fandom culture and the origins of practice. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 48 (3). pp. 334-348. ISSN 1012-6902

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Based on the partial results of a doctoral programme, this article explores the significance of Pierre Bourdieu's theory of practice for explaining the experiential processes involved in becoming a football fan. Whilst recognizing value in the theoretical construct habitus, in the sense that football cultures appear to be self perpetuating (in part) based on histories of objective social conditions and accrued experiences, the findings indicate that caution must be taken not to overemphasize the structuring power of habitus and the unopposed continuation of tradition at the expense of the reflexive nature and subtle transformation of fandom practice in late modern life.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bourdieu, culture, football fandom, practice origins, reflexivity
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2020 12:07
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 17:34
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43469

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