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Title: Discussing homosexuality on association football fan message boards: A changing cultural context
Authors: Cleland, Jamie
Keywords: Fans
Football
Homophobia
Internet
Masculinity
Sexuality
Message boards
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications © The Author
Citation: CLELAND, J., 2013. Discussing homosexuality on association football fan message boards: A changing cultural context. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. Published online before print February 18, 2013, doi: 10.1177/1012690213475437 16pp.
Abstract: This article presents the findings of a discourse analysis carried out on 48 association football (soccer) message boards from across the United Kingdom concerning fans’ views towards the presence of gay footballers. It draws on over 3000 anonymous posts to examine whether hegemonic or more inclusive forms of masculinity existed. The overall findings are that, despite evidence of heteronormativity and some orthodox views towards homosexuality, a majority of supporters demonstrate more inclusivity through the rejection of posts that they feel have pernicious homophobic intent. Rather than avoiding any contestation of these orthodox posts, fans frequently challenge them and suggest that on-the-field performance is what is valued the most.
Description: This article was published in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport [SAGE Publications © The Author] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1012690213475437
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1012690213475437
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12116
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1012690213475437
ISSN: 1012-6902
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