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It's not a shame for a girl to like the football game: Social identity of female members of ultras group "Bad Blue Boys"


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Krajačić, Ana. (2016). It's not a shame for a girl to like the football game: Social identity of female members of ultras group "Bad Blue Boys". Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Jelić, Margareta].

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The aim of this study was to describe the development and some specifics of social identity of female supporters, members of ultras group “Bad Blue Boys”. The research was conducted through semi-structured interviews with pre-designed themes and questions. In pilot study three male members of the ultras group “Bad Blue Boys”, aged 24 to 27 were interviewed, and in the main study six female members of the ultras group “Bad Blue Boys”, aged 21 to 29 were interviewed, identified by snowball sampling. The results show that the identity of female supporters begins to develop in childhood when they watch football because it is exciting. They joined the group in adolescence for several reasons: to show their love for the club and give their own contribution so that it played better, but also to fulfill their need for excitement, social relationships and belonging. The identity of a football supporter is central to their lives and its emotional component is strong, so they subordinate everythnig to football matches. They follow the norms of the group and participate in the group rituals, yet they are double minority. Because they do not live within traditional gender role, their environment, but also part of the group has negative stereotypes, prejudices and reactions with which the female supporters have to fight so they can join and stay in the group. They have internalized negative attitudes about their own minority during the development of minority identity in order to be fully accepted in the group. Also, it is interesting how context changes the importance of the group for them and how emotional aspect of supporter identity changes and weakens because they lose connection with the club, but also they mature and experience changes in importance of life roles.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: social identity, minority identity, gender roles, female supporters, ultras groups
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Jelić, Margareta
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2016 09:49
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2016 09:49

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