The strength of strong ties : how women become supporters of Australian Rules Football

Mewett, Peter and Toffoletti, Kim 2008, The strength of strong ties : how women become supporters of Australian Rules Football, in TASA 2008 : Re-imagining sociology : the Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic..

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Title The strength of strong ties : how women become supporters of Australian Rules Football
Author(s) Mewett, Peter
Toffoletti, KimORCID iD for Toffoletti, Kim orcid.org/0000-0002-5672-9090
Conference name Australian Sociological Association. Conference (2008 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 2-5 Dec. 2008
Title of proceedings TASA 2008 : Re-imagining sociology : the Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2008
Conference series Australian Sociological Association Conference
Publisher University of Melbourne
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Two glaring omissions in the research on sports fans are on women fans and on how people become fans. In this paper we begin to address both of these issues by examining how women become fans of Australian rules football (AFL). From data generated in single-person and focus group interviews with women AFL supporters conducted in Victoria and NSW, we use their accounts to map-out four ways in which they became fans. We show that at the heart of each of these paths to fandom are the close ties that the women formed in their social networks – either as children through their kin, or later in life through others that entered their networks. Women become fans, we argue, because of the strong social ties that they have with people who are existing fans.
ISBN 9780734039842
Language eng
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018303

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