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The paradoxes of football spectatorship : on-field and online expressions of social capital among the “Grog Squad”

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by C Palmer, Kirrilly Thompson
In this article we examine the cultural practices of a group of South Australian football supporters known as the “Grog Squad.” While hard drinking is undeniably a central part of this group of exclusively male fans, being a “Groggie” is much more than just being in a boozy boys club. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork undertaken throughout the 2005 South Australian football season, as well as Internet research, we argue that the style of support engaged in by the Grog Squad represents a paradox for how we typically understand football fans. On the one hand, much of the language and behavior of the Grog Squad is characteristic of the aggressive masculinity common in male contact sports. On the other, being a Groggie provides access to a range of resources, benefits, networks, and supports that confound many of the popular assumptions about male social relationships in sport. To explain the arrant sexism and homophobia of the Grog Squad simply in terms of hegemonic masculinity is to obscure the very real social supports and connections (best described as social capital) that are often overlooked in studies of male sports fans.

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Volume

24

Issue

2

Start Page

187

End Page

205

Number of Pages

19

eISSN

1543-2785

ISSN

0741-1235

Location

United States

Publisher

Human Kinetics

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

TBA Research Institute; University of Adelaide; University of Durham;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Sociology of sport journal.

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