Learning the game: Football fandom culture and origins of practice

Kevin Dixon

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-348
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Review for the Sociology of Sport
Issue number3
Early online date13 Jul 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


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