‘True fan = watch match’? In search of the ‘Authentic’ soccer fan

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/347129
Title:
‘True fan = watch match’? In search of the ‘Authentic’ soccer fan
Authors:
Gibbons, T. (Tom); Nuttall, D. (Daniel)
Affiliation:
Teesside University. Social Futures Institute
Citation:
Gibbons, T., Nuttall, D. (2014) ‘True fan = watch match’? In search of the ‘Authentic’ soccer fan'; Soccer & Society: 1
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Soccer & Society
Issue Date:
25-Nov-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/347129
DOI:
10.1080/14660970.2014.980735
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14660970.2014.980735
Abstract:
Academics have created typologies to divide association football (soccer) fans into categories based upon the assumed ‘authenticity’ of their fandom practices. One of the main requirements of ‘authentic’ fandom has been assumed to be match attendance. The goal of this paper was to critically assess this assumption through considering how fans themselves talk about the significance of match attendance as evidence of ‘authentic’ fandom. In light of the fact that the voices of English non-league fans on the ‘authenticity’ debate have so far been overshadowed by the overbearing focus of much previous research on the upper echelons of English soccer, an e-survey was conducted with 151 members of an online community of fans of English Northern League (NL) clubs (a semi-professional / amateur league based in North East England). Findings revealed that opinion was divided on the constituents of ‘authentic’ fandom and match attendance was not deemed to be the core evidence of support for a club by 42% of the sample. Elias (1978) suggested that dichotomous thinking hinders sociological understanding and it is concluded that fan typologies are not sufficient for assessing the ‘authenticity’ of fan activities.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1466-0970; 1743-9590
Rights:
Following 18 month embargo author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo [Accessed: 25/03/2015]

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dc.contributor.authorGibbons, T. (Tom)en
dc.contributor.authorNuttall, D. (Daniel)en
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-25T15:03:54Zen
dc.date.available2015-03-25T15:03:54Zen
dc.date.issued2014-11-25en
dc.identifier.citationSoccer & Society; 1en
dc.identifier.issn1466-0970en
dc.identifier.issn1743-9590en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14660970.2014.980735en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/347129en
dc.description.abstractAcademics have created typologies to divide association football (soccer) fans into categories based upon the assumed ‘authenticity’ of their fandom practices. One of the main requirements of ‘authentic’ fandom has been assumed to be match attendance. The goal of this paper was to critically assess this assumption through considering how fans themselves talk about the significance of match attendance as evidence of ‘authentic’ fandom. In light of the fact that the voices of English non-league fans on the ‘authenticity’ debate have so far been overshadowed by the overbearing focus of much previous research on the upper echelons of English soccer, an e-survey was conducted with 151 members of an online community of fans of English Northern League (NL) clubs (a semi-professional / amateur league based in North East England). Findings revealed that opinion was divided on the constituents of ‘authentic’ fandom and match attendance was not deemed to be the core evidence of support for a club by 42% of the sample. Elias (1978) suggested that dichotomous thinking hinders sociological understanding and it is concluded that fan typologies are not sufficient for assessing the ‘authenticity’ of fan activities.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14660970.2014.980735en
dc.rightsFollowing 18 month embargo author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo [Accessed: 25/03/2015]en
dc.title‘True fan = watch match’? In search of the ‘Authentic’ soccer fanen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentTeesside University. Social Futures Instituteen
dc.identifier.journalSoccer & Societyen
or.citation.harvardGibbons, T., Nuttall, D. (2014) ‘True fan = watch match’? In search of the ‘Authentic’ soccer fan'; Soccer & Society: 1en
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