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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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Who Is a Fan?

Who Is a Fan?

(p.8) 1 Who Is a Fan?
The I in Team

Erin C. Tarver

University of Chicago Press

This chapter conducts an historical investigation into the development of “sports fan” as a concept and argues (contrary to a popular social scientific model) for a broad theoretical understanding of what constitutes sports fandom. It defines the scope of the book’s inquiry into “fans” as persons who exhibit both care about sport and some form of continuous practice associated with it, and situates this concern in relation to the existing debate in philosophy of sport on partisan and purist sports fans. Despite the thickly normative character of the “fan” concept—and the fact that for many fans, the exclusion of persons who are not “real fans” is an important component of fandom—we ought to understand sports fandom as inclusively as possible in order to fully understand its effects.

Keywords:   sports fan, partisan, purist, care, practice, baseball, American sports history, Richard Giulianotti, Nicholas Dixon, normativity

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