Andy Markovits Presents "Sportista: Female Fandom in the United States"
Andy Markovitz, professor of comparative politics and German studies at the University of Michigan, will discuss his newest book, "Sportista: Female Fandom in the United States," on Monday, March 4. This talk is free and open to the public and will begin at 4 pm in the Hyde Hall Incubator.
Mar 04, 2013
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
|Where||Hyde Hall Incubator|
|Contact Name||Allison Barnes|
|Contact Phone||(919) 962-0249|
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Sportista: Female Fandom in the United States
The typical female sports fan remains very different from her male counterparts. In Sportista: Female Fandom in the United States, Markovitz and his co-author Emily Albertson examine the significant ways many women have become fully conversant with sports, acquiring a knowledge of and passion for them as a way of forging identities that until recently were quite alien to women. In the book, they chronicle the relationship that women have developed with sports in the wake of the second wave of feminism of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The changes women athletes have achieved have been nothing short of revolutionary. But women's identities as sports fans, though also changed in recent decades, remain notably different from men's. This book highlights the impediments to these changes that women have faced and the reality that, even as bona fide fans, they "speak" sports differently from and remain largely unaccepted by men.
Andrei Markovits is currently an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author and editor of many books, scholarly articles, conference papers, book reviews and newspaper contributions in English and many foreign languages on topics as varied as German and Austrian politics, anti-Semitism, anti-Americanism, social democracy, social movements, the European right and the European left. Markovits has also worked extensively on comparative sports culture in Europe and North America.