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Football, fan violence, and identity fusion

Newson, Martha (2019) Football, fan violence, and identity fusion. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 54 (4). pp. 431-444. ISSN 1012-6902. E-ISSN 1461-7218. (doi:10.1177/1012690217731293) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:84186)

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Abstract

Football violence has been a global problem for decades. A new way to approach the phenomenon comes from the theory of identity fusion, an extreme form of social bonding implicated in personally costly pro-group behaviours. Using British and Brazilian fan cultures to illustrate, this article discusses the ways in which identity fusion can help understandings of football violence. While hooliganism in the UK and the phenomenon of torcidas organizadas in Brazil operate under culturally distinct loci, the fundamental cognition underlying the extreme behaviours exhibited by both may be remarkably similar. Through this discussion, the football landscape is shown to offer researchers unique opportunities for understanding culture and the human psyche more broadly.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1012690217731293
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Martha Newson
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2020 13:51 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/84186 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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