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Being a football kid: football as a mediatised play practice

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Media and mediatization must be seen as a prerequisite for children’s play today. Children’s fan cultures cover a wide range of topics; yet, football is a field with specific explanatory power due to its structural and cultural specificities. In this chapter, football is seen as a specific play practice, carried out both physically and through engagements with a diverse range of traditional and new media. The chapter draws on empirical fieldwork among Danish children aged 8 to 13, describing football kids as active users of media, active play practitioners, and active performers of identity projects in relation to friends and family. For these children, football as a mediatized play practice is their point of departure, forming the grounds of their everyday practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew ethnographies of football in Europe : people, passions, politics
EditorsAlexandra Schwell, Micha Buchowski, Magorzata Kowalska, Nina Szogs
Number of pages15
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication year2016
ISBN (print)978-1-137-51698-5
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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