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‘Didn’t know she could shout that loud’: the performance of fandom among women followers of women’s golf

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posted on 21.06.2022, 10:00 authored by Niamh Kitching, Ali Bowes, Stuart Whigham, Alan BairnerAlan Bairner

While a growing body of evidence exists around women fans of men’s sport, less is known about women fans’ perspectives and identities in relation to women’s sport, and what is known tends to focus on homogenous representations of sports fans, rather than a diversity of fan types and follower styles. Building on the authors’ previous appraisals of the Solheim Cup – the biggest event in women’s golf – this paper examines fan performances of women at the 2019 event in Scotland. Twenty-five white women from the UK/Europe were recruited via social media before, during and after the Solheim Cup, with online interviews taking place in the following days. Using performative sports fandom as a framework, the authors seek to examine women fan performances at a major women’s sporting event. The analysis of the interviews resulted in three themes around (1) friendship, care and connection, (2) negotiated fan performances and (3) distinctive fan performances. While it must be acknowledged that this is a homogenous group of fans, it is hoped that this research will add to the understanding of the diversity and complexity of fan identities.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Leisure Studies

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Leisure Studies on 15 Jun 2022, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02614367.2022.2088835.

Acceptance date

31/05/2022

Publication date

2022-06-15

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

0261-4367

eISSN

1466-4496

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Alan Bairner. Deposit date: 17 June 2022

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