Finding footy : female fan socialization and Australian rules football

Mewett, Peter and Toffoletti, Kim 2011, Finding footy : female fan socialization and Australian rules football, Sport in society, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 670-684, doi: 10.1080/17430437.2011.575112.

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Title Finding footy : female fan socialization and Australian rules football
Author(s) Mewett, Peter
Toffoletti, KimORCID iD for Toffoletti, Kim orcid.org/0000-0002-5672-9090
Journal name Sport in society
Volume number 14
Issue number 5
Start page 670
End page 684
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2011-06
ISSN 1743-0437
1743-0445
Summary The question of how, irrespective of gender, a person becomes a sports fan has been absent in sociological studies of sports supporters. Distinct from other studies of sport spectatorship that focus on the practices of already existing (and overwhelmingly male) fans, our research is the first to consider how women become supporters, and in doing so, it begins to redress the significant under-representation of women in sports fan research. From interviews with female supporters of the Australian Football League (AFL), this article identifies and critically assesses the modes by which women come to support sport. We propose four categories to explain the different ways women accomplish fandom, focusing on the importance of strong social ties and doxic actions in this process. The events, experiences and social relations that inform women's first encounters with AFL offers a template for the wider consideration of women as social agents in the sporting landscape.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17430437.2011.575112
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
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