Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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American society of the 1990's is characterized by a high degree of fragmentation, geographic mobility and general feelings of a dramatically changing social world. For various reasons, every year many people move from their birth homes, leaving behind established affiliations and networks. Consequently, they may find it difficult to develop a sense of identity of community. Today, sports, via fan association or "booster clubs," may serve as the vehicle for identity maintenance and transition into a new community. The effects of joining a sports booster group is examined by using questionnaire data from a survey conducted on members of the Southern California Browns Backers Association (SCBBA). The analysis seeks to determine how individuals establish a sense of community centered around leisure. The results of the study revealed that, for most respondents, the SCBBA provided hometown ties and thus a sense of roots, provided valuable bonding opportunities, allowed for expressions of loyalty and commitment, and helped to maintain positive feelings of identification and self-esteem.
Boosterism; Community; Identity; Sport
Sociology; Social psychology; Recreation
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Delaney, Tim, "Identity and community through sport boosterism" (1992). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2969.