We Love to Hate Each Other

Mediated Football Fan Culture

Football fans are often portrayed as enthusiastic, loyal, critical and sometimes violent. But what is it about football that appeals to them? How do the media – newspaper, radio, TV, blogs and web forums – accommodate the needs of fans, and what connections – if any – is there between the imagined community of football fans and the broader society? These are the questions explored by 20 well-known and merited researchers from 8 countries in this anthology about the mediation of football fandom.

We Love To Hate Each Other should be useful to scholars and students who are engaged in sports journalism and popular culture in both the old and new media.




Thore Roksvold
Roy Krøvel

What is a Football Fan?

Hans K. Hognestad

Social Media Sport? Journalism, Public Relations and Sport

Raymond Boyle

I. Mediated Fan Culture in Newspapers

An Exemplary Model. The Religious Significance of the Brann 2007 Norwegian Football Championship as Told by the Media

Peter Dahlén

A Hundred Years of Football Reporting in Norwegian Newspapers

Thore Roksvold

Framing the Football Fan as Consumer. A Content Analysis of the Coverage of Supporters in The Star During the 2010 World Cup

Rune Ottosen
Nathalie Hyde-Clarke
Toby Miller

Scottish Football Fans. Hame and Away

Hugh O’Donnell

II. Social Media and Mediated Fan Culture

Battling for Belonging. How Club and Supporter Identities are Created in the Mediation of an Oslo Derby

Harald Hornmoen

The New Media and Hooliganism. Constructing Media Identities

Aage Radmann

“Jaysus! Is Janno a Bird?” A Study of Femininity and Football Fans in Online Forums

Deirdre Hynes

Conversing the Fans. “Coveritlive” and the Social Function of Journalism

Steen Steensen

Football Nationalism in the Blogosphere. Carew, Riise and the Frames of Common Sense

Andreas Ytterstad

Communicating in Search of Understanding. A Case Study of Fans, Supporters and Islam

Roy Krøvel

III. Documentary Film and Television

Documenting the Narrative of Arab Identity in a Jewish State Through Football. Between National ‘Multi-Existence’ and its Impossibility

Alina Bernstein
Lea Mandelzis
Inbar Shenhar

Learning to Become a Football Star. Representations of Football Fan Culture in Swedish Public Service Television for Youth

Britt-Marie Ringfjord

“Truly a Fan Experience”? The Cultural Politics of the Live Site

David Rowe
Stephanie Alice Baker

The Authors

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