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

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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)

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.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24934
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1440783310371403
Official URL http://jos.sagepub.com/content/46/3/299.short
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Current > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Current > Division/Research > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Keywords childhood socialization, fandom, habitus, socializing agents, sport
Citations in Scopus 20 - View on Scopus
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