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David Ranc

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086120

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086120.001.0001

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Understanding partisan identification

Understanding partisan identification

(p.9) 1 Understanding partisan identification
Foreign Players and Football Supporters

David Ranc

Manchester University Press

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

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