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Friendly competition : a case study of the supporter groups of the Colorado Rapids and glocalization

by Franklin, Samuel

Abstract

The increasing presence of supporter groups, or organized fan groups driven by diverse cultural practices, of the Colorado Rapids has resulted in a non-traditional American spectator experience for some fans at games and is an area suitable for sociological study due to gaps in the body of literature. Using Giulianotti and Robertson’s (2007) theory of glocalization as a lens, this thesis examines the forces that are influencing the supporter groups. This study investigates the effect of the forces of globalization on the supporter groups of the Colorado Rapids. Qualitative methods and in-depth interviews were used to obtain information about these processes. This study found three forces simultaneously competing with one another in an effort to become the cultural norm for spectators at Colorado Rapids games.

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Includes bibliographical references.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:5619
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
58 pages
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Livesay, Jeff
Department/Program
Sociology
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2012