Iranian women's sports fandom : gender, resistance, and identity in the football movie offside

Toffoletti, Kim 2014, Iranian women's sports fandom : gender, resistance, and identity in the football movie offside, Journal of sport and social issues, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 75-92.

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Title Iranian women's sports fandom : gender, resistance, and identity in the football movie offside
Author(s) Toffoletti, Kim
Journal name Journal of sport and social issues
Volume number 38
Issue number 1
Start page 75
End page 92
Total pages 18
Publisher Sage
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Ca.
Publication date 2014-02
ISSN 0193-7235
1552-7638
Keyword(s) Iran
women
fandom
film
sport
football
Islam
Summary As sport enters new global territories, attending to questions of cultural difference is increasingly important to studies of women’s sports fanship. This article draws on theories of transnational feminism and feminist sports scholarship to contemplate the cinematic portrayal of the non-Western female football supporter. Women sports fans rarely appear as film protagonists, with the notable exception of the 2006 movie Offside, which tells the story of Iranian women soccer fans attending a World Cup qualifying match. By focusing on the ways that women fans negotiate their marginal status in the sporting arena, I argue that the film unsettles cultural associations between masculinity and football in Iran, and confounds the oppositional construction of the “other” woman as a passive victim of, or freedom fighter against, Islam. 
Language eng
Field of Research 200212 Screen and Media Culture
169901 Gender Specific Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950205 Visual Communication
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063284

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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