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2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Media, Fandom, and Soccer’s Biggest Stage

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Explores media exposure, television audiences and live spectatorship of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

  • Offers international, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of women’s soccer, gender in sports media and fandom.

  • Looks to the future of women’s football and its scholarship

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. What We Still Need to Learn

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 223-223
    2. Nigerian Female Football: Ambivalence and Struggle in the Shadows

      • Chuka Onwumechili, Kapriatta Jenkins
      Pages 247-265
    3. Rebel, Rebel! How Megan Rapinoe’s Celebrity Activism Forges New Paths for Athletes

      • Tracy Everbach, Gwendelyn S. Nisbett, Karen Weiller-Abels
      Pages 267-289
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 309-314

About this book

 “It was a pleasure to read this comprehensive and insightful work by leading scholars on gender and football about the 2019 Women’s World Cup. With discussions from post-colonial lenses of Women of Color, fan appreciation and adoration, to queer relationships and even the legendary statuesque pose by World Champion Megan Rapinoe, this book interrogates the many layers of complexity in an intelligent and generous manner. From an in-depth analysis of media representation, lingering sexism, and complex discussions about racial inequities in the sport, this is a necessary read for journalists, pundits, academics, and fans interested in critical discussions that are embedded into women’s football.” 

-- Shireen Ahmed, Writer and award-winning sports activist focusing on Muslim women in sports.

This book examines the most prolific international women’s football tournament—the FIFA Women’s World Cup—through media, fandom and how mediated women’s soccer can improve on a global scale. Women’s soccer has exploded in terms of media exposure, television audiences and live spectatorship. This book explores those macro-level issues, while also digging into micro-level topics such as Megan Rapinoe’s celebrations and political activism, VAR reviews, LGBTQ imagery, and cultural obstacles for women’s football in Central-Eastern Europe and Nigeria. Using an interdisciplinary approach, scholars look at issues through the lenses of feminist theory, cultural studies, rhetorical criticism, political economy, performative sport fandom, autoethnography, and more. Thus, the book is important reading for students, researchers and media practitioners with interests in women’s soccer, gender in sports media, coverage of women’s sport, and sport fandom.

Molly Yanity is Associate Professor of Journalism at Quinnipiac University, USA.  

Danielle Sarver Coombs is Professor in the School of Media and Journalism at Kent State University, USA.

Keywords

  • Women's football
  • women's soccer
  • sport sociology
  • Megan Rapinoe
  • memes
  • fan studies

Reviews

   “It was a pleasure to read this comprehensive and insightful work by leading scholars on gender and football about the 2019 Women’s World Cup. With discussions from post-colonial lenses of Women of Color, fan appreciation and adoration, to queer relationships and even the legendary statuesque pose by World Champion Megan Rapinoe, this book interrogates the many layers of complexity in an intelligent and generous manner. From an in-depth analysis of media representation, lingering sexism, and complex discussions about racial inequities in the sport, this is a necessary read for journalists, pundits, academics, and fans interested in critical discussions that are embedded into women’s football.” 
-Shireen Ahmed, Writer and award-winning sports activist focusing on Muslim women in sports

“2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is a welcome addition to the critical assessment of women athletes and the growth of women’s sport. This collection provides readers with new insights into media representation, athlete agency, and fan communities for women in the world’s most popular game. From the dominance of the United States and Golden Boot winner Megan Rapinoe to the gendered politics of playing football in Nigeria, from media frames to ethnographic field studies, the assembled authors examine an array of topics and theoretical influences to assess the state of the Women’s World Cup as a distinctive cultural phenomenon. Grounded primarily in communication and media studies, the book will also appeal to scholars and students in cultural studies, kinesiology, sociology, and related fields.”
- Michael L. Butterworth, Director, Center for Sports Communication & Media

Editors and Affiliations

  • Quinnipiac University, Hamden, USA

    Molly Yanity

  • Kent State University, Hudson, USA

    Danielle Sarver Coombs

About the editors

Molly Yanity is an associate professor of Journalism, as well as the director of the Sports Journalism and Journalism Master’s Degree Programs at Quinnipiac University.

Danielle Sarver Coombs is a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

  • Book Subtitle: Media, Fandom, and Soccer’s Biggest Stage

  • Editors: Molly Yanity, Danielle Sarver Coombs

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-75401-3

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-75400-6

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-75401-3

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 314

  • Topics: Sports Communication, Media and Gender

Buying options

eBook USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-75401-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
This title has not yet been released. You will be able to pre-order it soon.
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)