Sport Fans and Fandoms

Authored by: William W. Kelly

Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415829731
eBook ISBN: 9780203404065
Adobe ISBN: 9781134116621

10.4324/9780203404065.ch32

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Abstract

It is a key feature of modernity that fans emerge out of mass culture audiences in search of intensified meanings and pleasure. They consume mass culture, but in their rapacious and determined consumption, they produce social communities, personal identities, and cultural artefacts. They create and inhabit fandoms, small worlds of persistent practice. This is certainly as true for sports as for any other modern arena of leisure and entertainment.

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