The Feminization of Sports Fandom: A Sociological Study

(Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society)

41LK28t31BL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_ Author Stacey Pope
Isbn 9781138916081
File size 2MB
Year 2017
Pages 280
Language English
File format PDF
Category Sport

Book Description:

‘When former footballer player Alan Hudson titled his autobiography ‘The Working Man’s Ballet’, he interestingly challenged long-held intellectual prejudices that exclude sports from being regarded as akin to other forms of culture. But in prompting this reconsideration, his title highlighted the gendered history of association football (soccer) in which its appreciative audience is presumed to be constituted only of men. Stacey Pope’s ground-breaking scholarship attempts to ‘settle the account’ of this history by giving women their voice as fans, which has been largely neglected and, therefore, effectively silenced. Importantly, her approach, drawing on theories of intersectionality, examines female fandom in regard to the interrelations of gender, class, sexuality and regional identity. The Feminization of Sports Fandom is a book of interest not only to the academic field of sports studies, but also to scholars and students in areas such as sociology, cultural studies and the history of popular culture.’ – John Hughson, Professor of Sport and Cultural Studies and Director of the International Football Institute, University of Central Lancashire, UK


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