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Psychosocial influences on children’s identification with sports teams: A case study of Australian Rules football supporters

Spaaij, Ramon and Alastair, Anderson (2010) Psychosocial influences on children’s identification with sports teams: A case study of Australian Rules football supporters. Journal of Sociology, 46 (3). pp. 299-315. ISSN 1440-7833 (print) 1741-2978 (online)

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Abstract

The article examines the socialization of children into identification with a sports team. It presents a sociological approach which extends the insights obtained from research into psychological aspects of sports team identification. A conceptual model is presented which proffers an explanation of how and why children become supporters of a particular team. The model depicts the relationship between socializing agents, broader social influences and embodied dispositions. It is argued that these factors coalesce to influence children’s identification with a sports team. The article presents results of a qualitative study of young Australian Rules football supporters which show that their embryonic identification with a sports team is strongly influenced by parental and near family influences, particularly fathers and other male role models.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: childhood socialization, fandom, habitus, socializing agents, sport
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Ms Julie Gardner
Date Deposited: 20 May 2014 05:37
Last Modified: 20 May 2014 05:37
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24934
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1440783310371403
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Citations in Scopus: 16 - View on Scopus

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