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’We All Dream of a Team of Carraghers’: Comparing the semiotics of ‘local’ and Texan Liverpool fans’ talk

Millward, P and Rookwood, J (2011) ’We All Dream of a Team of Carraghers’: Comparing the semiotics of ‘local’ and Texan Liverpool fans’ talk. Sport in Society, 14 (1). pp. 37-52. ISSN 1743-0445

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Abstract

There are strong grounds upon which it can be argued that the English Premier League (EPL) holds global appeal. This article carries out a semiotic analysis on the role that Liverpool F.C.’s Bootle-born defender, Jamie Carragher holds amongst two spatially disparate supporter communities, one principally based in Liverpool and the other in Texas. Despite the historical influence and connection with locally born players, evolving European migration patterns and continental football philosophies have limited the progression of ‘Scouse’ players at Liverpool. Jamie Carragher is a contemporary exception, who has become a focal point for the ‘local’ supporters’ affections. His status has been propelled by his interpretation and implementation of the core working class values of the city and the club, displayed through his conduct off the pitch and his performances on it. Drawing from the perspectives of ‘local’ and Texas-based fans, this paper expands upon these issues, and examines Liverpool supporters’ evolving heroism of Jamie Carragher. A mixed-method qualitative approach was adopted, involving ethnographic techniques, participant observation, interview methods and podcast analysis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport in Society on 13th January 2011, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17430437.2011.530009
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science, 1504 Commercial Services, 1608 Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2016 10:56
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2017 15:26
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/17430437.2011.530009
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4673

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