This is a pre-print version of my article now published in FOCUS on Geography, a peer-reviewed academic journal. Please see the final product at https://doi.org/10.21690/foge/2020.63.3p!
Cooper, J. A. 2020. “Tweeting Images of Fandom: A Geographic Photo Analysis of Southeastern Conference Football Support.” FOCUS on Geography 63.https://doi.org/10.21690/foge/2020.63.3p
Originally posted 26 March 2019.
College football is a United States phenomenon that occurs every autumn. Much of the attention given to the sport is usually directed towards the competitive game itself. Entire media apparatuses exist to predict and retrospectively analyze the outcomes of college football games. However, this is to serve fanbases across the country that invest in following their football team throughout the course of a season. Popular support for college football teams is visible in American culture through inscriptions in the landscape, consumptive economic activities, and altered mobility dynamics in host cities and towns on gamedays. A heightened affinity exists for the following of college football in the southern United States, and football contributes greatly to the cultural geography of many areas in the US South (Morgan & Klimasewski 2015). For many regional residents, their support for their favorite college football team, especially those members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), helps them to define and construct a place identity.