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 societycommon demographic and personality characteristics of fanshow fandom can provide a sense of belonging, of uniqueness, and of meaning in lifethe process of becoming a sport fansport fan consumptionand 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.