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Huskerdom : Nebraska Football Fans and American Religion

Author:
Heeren, David L.
Degree Supervisor:
Rudy V. Busto
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2014
Issued Date:
2014
Topics:
Recreation, Religion, General, and American Studies
Keywords:
American religion
Sports
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Football
Fandom
Popular culture
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Religious Studies
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2014
Description:

Building on previous approaches to studying sports culture as it relates to religion, this dissertation employs a definition of religion as "lived orientation" to explore the religiosity of Nebraska football fandom. Citing data gathered from Internet message boards, in-person questionnaires, and interviews, this dissertation traces Husker fans' varied relationships with the Nebraska football program's history, coaches, and traditions. Further, in its investigation of Husker fans' negotiation of identity as either "true" fans or as "the greatest" fans in college football, this dissertation outlines aspects of the community's code of expected behavior. By examining the ways Nebraska football fandom plays a powerful role in orienting fans' everyday lives, this dissertation highlights the themes of family, memory, and desire in Husker fan experience, and argues for continued scholarly recognition of fandom as a significant manifestation of American religion.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (353 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3q81b68
ISBN:
9781321201949
Catalog System Number:
990045115860203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
David Heeren
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