In this Book

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This book weaves together a rich tapestry on football fandom in Zimbabwe. Based on empirical research focusing on the different dimensions of fan practices and experiences, the book is the result of multiple fieldwork processes with fans in Zimbabwe spanning a period of eight years including desk research, interviews, observation, focus group discussions and netnography. It demonstrates the nexus between social identities and supporting a sports team, highlighting that there are deeper underlying meanings and assumptions to one�s support of a sporting team. Manase Chiweshe highlights the various nuances of supporting football clubs. This book provides an alternative way to understanding communities and how sport can be viewed as a serious lens into societal organisations. It offers important insights into how Zimbabweans are also engaged in leisure activities and that play is also part of their life worlds. Given the major focus on poverty, disease and conflict, African stories of intimate play and enjoyment tend to be sidelined. Soccer has the power to bring together or divide communities. In many an African context, just as in Zimbabwe, everyday ethnic and religious rivalries are played out through football matches. It is thus important to capture this space and use football as a way to heal historic and deep-seated conflicts.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Chapter I - Introduction and Background
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter II - Understanding the Processes of Becoming a Football Team Fan in an African Context: The Case of Dynamos Football Club Fans in Zimbabwe
  2. pp. 23-38
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  1. Chapter III - Till Death Do Us Part: Football as Part of Everyday Life amongst Dynamos Football Club Fans in Zimbabwe
  2. pp. 39-60
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  1. Chapter IV - Football Rivalries in Zimbabwe
  2. pp. 61-70
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  1. Chapter V - One of the Boys:Female Fans Responses to Masculine and Phallocentric Nature of Football Stadiums
  2. pp. 71-88
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  1. Chapter VI - Of Goals and Whores: Football Fandom and Misogynistic Songs at the Rufaro Stadium in Zimbabwe
  2. pp. 89-106
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  1. Chapter VII - Creation and Meaning of Symbols among Dynamos Football Club Fans in Zimbabwe
  2. pp. 107-124
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  1. Chapter VIII - Cyber-Fandoms in Zimbabwe
  2. pp. 125-144
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 145-158
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  1. Back cover
  2. p. 159
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789956763931
Print ISBN
9789956762941
MARC Record
OCLC
1004389851
Pages
170
Launched on MUSE
2017-09-23
Language
English
Open Access
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