The football fan and the pub: an enduring relationship

Kevin Dixon

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This paper draws on qualitative interviews with a sample of English football fans to explore their relationship with one enduring site for fandom practice, the pub. In doing so, the work discusses the significance of structuration processes as a means of explaining the transcendent nature of this relationship across time and space. The findings complement existing ethnographic observations to illustrate that a progressive and multifaceted relationship exists between the institution (the pub) and its customers (football fans), based on historical reference to fan culture, emotive connection to the pub as a football space, associated sociability and the perception of cultural stability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-399
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Review for the Sociology of Sport
Issue number3/4
Early online date18 Nov 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


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