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“The Guys Love It When Chicks Ask For Help”: An Exploration of Female Rugby League Fans.

Richards, J., Parry, K. D. and Gill, F., 2020. “The Guys Love It When Chicks Ask For Help”: An Exploration of Female Rugby League Fans. Sport in Society. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2020.1809380

Abstract

This article explores the relationship between gender, space and performances of fandom by female match-going fans of the Australian rugby league team the St George Illawarra Dragons. Drawing on a case study that utilised participant observation, semi-structured interviews and a focus group, this article develops a fan typology that details four different types of female fans of rugby league. The findings suggest some female fans were under levels of stricter gatekeeping by male fans depending on their spatial location inside of the stadium. Their inclusion into match-day culture was, therefore, shown to have limits. On the one hand, female match-going fans have agency and choice in the construction and interchange of a fan identity, but on the other, that same identity attests to oppression. We conclude that traditional match-day engagement with rugby league requires conformity to a predominantly masculine ideal.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1461-0981
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:34417
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:10 Aug 2020 10:55
Last Modified:09 Sep 2020 16:54

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