Understanding partisan identification

David Ranc

in Foreign Players and Football Supporters

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780719086120
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702246 | DOI:
Understanding partisan identification

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What is a football supporter? Why do they identify with a given team? What does a review of literature have to say about partisan identification? Determinants of support are looked at from the point of view of critical approaches (including Brohm and Bourdieu, hegemony theory), functionalist approaches. Interpretative and figurational sociology, the thoughts of Roger Caillois are mobilised to understand the behaviour of football supporters. Factors of partisanship are analysed with reference to sports history (class, race, gender, space, place) in particular Richard Holt, sociology (Anthony King), geography (John Bale) or social sciences (Gary Armstrong, Richard Giulianotti). Christian Bromberger and Patrick Mignon's works serve to analyse the symbolisation of identity, the construction of communities (with reference to Benedict Anderson). The press is seen as a focal point in this process (with reference to Rowe, Boyle, Haynes)

Keywords: Critical approaches; functionalist approaches; interpretative sociology; figurational sociology; identity; communities; supporter; football

Chapter.  10012 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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