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The I in TeamSports Fandom and the Reproduction of Identity$
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Erin C. Tarver

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226469935

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226470276.001.0001

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Introduction Sports Fandom and Identity

Introduction Sports Fandom and Identity

(p.1) Introduction Sports Fandom and Identity
The I in Team

Erin C. Tarver

University of Chicago Press

In this Introduction, the author reflects on her own initiation as a sports fan, and the centrality of fan sports fan practices in her southern American hometown to introduce the primary question of the book: why does sports fandom matter so much to sports fans? The introduction continues by delimiting the scope of the book, including its focus on American revenue sports, and its particular interest in white sports fans. The latter follows Toni Morrison's call in Playing in the Dark for analysis of the effects of racism on the consciousnesses of "those who perpetuate it." It concludes with an overview of each of the book's subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   sports fans, American south, Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark, personal narrative

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