Sport Fans: The Psychology and Social Impact of Fandom

2nd Edition

Daniel L. Wann, Jeffrey D. James

Published August 17, 2018
Textbook - 304 Pages - 30 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138683167 - CAT# Y265875

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Sports, and the fans that follow them, are everywhere. Sport Fans: The Psychology and Social Impact of Fandom examines the affective, behavioral, and cognitive reactions of fans to better comprehend how sport impacts individual fans and society as a whole. Using up-to-date research and theory from multiple disciplines including psychology, sociology, marketing, history, and religious studies, this textbook provides a deeper understanding of topics such as:

  • the pervasiveness of sport fandom in society
  • common demographic and personality characteristics of fans
  • how fandom can provide a sense of belonging, of uniqueness, and of meaning in life
  • the process of becoming a sport fan
  • sport fan consumption
  • and the future of sport and the fan experience.

The text also provides a detailed investigation of the darker side of sport fandom, including fan aggression, as well as a critical look at the positive value of fandom for individuals and society. 

Sport Fans expertly combines a rigorous level of empirical research and theory in an engaging, accessible format, making this text the essential resource on sport fan behavior.


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