• White Angels Zagreb: Combating Homophobia as “Rural Primitivism”

    Author(s):
    Andrew John Hodges (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    Social anthropology, Sport, Gender and sexualities
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Football Fans, Zagreb, Urban rural relations
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6N57D
    Abstract:
    This chapter looks at how urban and rural distinctions are caught up with discussions of non-heterosexuality and how this dynamic is played out in the context of football and both Croatian and regional football fan scenes. The author zooms in on the football fan group White Angels Zagreb and examines fans’ self-positioning with respect to the urban-rural oppositions and a discussion of “being cultured” (biti kulturan), “primitive” (primitivci), and “peasant” (seljaci/seljačine) in the post-Yugoslav context. The author argues that White Angels Zagreb’s openness to non-straightness is, according to the group’s self-positionality strategy, a key axis of distinction differentiating them from other fan groups in the regional fan scene. Acceptance of non-heterosexual sexualities thus becomes part of an “urban habitus” that contests dominant notions of masculinity within the fan scene. The use of urban-rural discourses also encourages processes of hierarchy formation within the group itself.
    Notes:
    Croatian version available here (as part of an open access book). Please contact me for a English version.
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