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Football Fandom, Mobilisation and Herbert Blumer: A Social Movement Analysis of F.C. United of Manchester

Millward, P and Poulton, G (2014) Football Fandom, Mobilisation and Herbert Blumer: A Social Movement Analysis of F.C. United of Manchester. Sociology of Sport Journal, 31 (1). pp. 1-22. ISSN 0741-1235

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Abstract

This article explores the establishment and development of fan-owned association football club, F.C. United of Manchester. It does this by drawing upon extensive ethnographic fieldwork, including interviews, observations and an analysis of multiple texts, such as fanzines, web-based and media reports materials and discusses this using Herbert Blumer’s theory of collective behavior. As such, the article addresses two research questions: first, what the empirical case example of F.C. United of Manchester offers to the critical understanding of Blumer’s theory and second, what the theory can give to the understanding of twenty-first century protests in popular culture. Therefore this article contributes to contemporary debates on association football fandom, social movements and the theories of Herbert Blumer.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Human Kinetics in Sociology of Sport Journal on 1st March 2014, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/ssj.2013-0132
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2016 10:33
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 01:22
DOI or Identification number: 10.1123/ssj.2013-0132
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4671

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