The People's Game. Football Fandom in Zimbabwe by Manase ChiwesheThe People's Game. Football Fandom in Zimbabwe by Manase Chiweshe

The People's Game. Football Fandom in Zimbabwe

byManase Chiweshe

Paperback | August 10, 2017

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This book weaves together a rich tapestry on football fandom in Zimbabwe. Based on empirical research focusing on the different dimensions of fan practices and experiences, the book is the result of multiple fieldwork processes with fans in Zimbabwe spanning a period of eight years including desk research, interviews, observation, focus group discussions and netnography. It demonstrates the nexus between social identities and supporting a sports team, highlighting that there are deeper underlying meanings and assumptions to one’s support of a sporting team. Manase Chiweshe highlights the various nuances of supporting football clubs. This book provides an alternative way to understanding communities and how sport can be viewed as a serious lens into societal organisations. It offers important insights into how Zimbabweans are also engaged in leisure activities and that play is also part of their life worlds. Given the major focus on poverty, disease and conflict, African stories of intimate play and enjoyment tend to be sidelined. Soccer has the power to bring together or divide communities. In many an African context, just as in Zimbabwe, everyday ethnic and religious rivalries are played out through football matches. It is thus important to capture this space and use football as a way to heal historic and deep-seated conflicts.

Dr. Manase Chiweshe is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Lifelong Learning at Chinhoyi University of Technology and winner of the 2015 Gerti Hessling Award for the best paper in African studies. He is an African scholar with interest in African football, gender and youth studies. His other interests include agrarian studies, sport ...
Title:The People's Game. Football Fandom in ZimbabweFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:170 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.39 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5 × 0.39 inPublished:August 10, 2017Publisher:African Books CollectiveLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9956762946

ISBN - 13:9789956762941


Table of Contents

Chapter I: Introduction and Background

Chapter II: Understanding the  Processes of Becoming a Football  Team Fan in an African Context:  The Case of Dynamos Football Club  Fans in Zimbabwe

Chapter III: Till Death Do Us Part:  Football as Part of Everyday Life  Amongst Dynamos Football Club  Fans in Zimbabwe

Chapter IV: Football Rivalries in Zimbabwe

Chapter V: One of the Boys:  Female Fans Responses to Masculine  and Phallocentric Nature  of Football Stadiums

Chapter VI: Of Goals and Whores:  Football Fandom and Misogynistic  Songs at the Rufaro Stadium in Zimbabwe

Chapter VII: Creation and Meaning  of Symbols among Dynamos  Football Club Fans in Zimbabwe

Chapter VIII: Cyber-Fandoms in Zimbabwe