Based on the partial results of a doctoral programme, this article explores the significance of Pierre Bourdieu's theory of practice for explaining the experiential processes involved in becoming a football fan. Whilst recognizing value in the theoretical construct habitus, in the sense that football cultures appear to be self perpetuating (in part) based on histories of objective social conditions and accrued experiences, the findings indicate that caution must be taken not to overemphasize the structuring power of habitus and the unopposed continuation of tradition at the expense of the reflexive nature and subtle transformation of fandom practice in late modern life.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||International Review for the Sociology of Sport|
|Early online date||13 Jul 2012|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2013|