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A Case Study on Fluid Post - Modern Neo - Tribes - of the West Perth Cheer Squad (Australian Rules Football) During 1984-1986

James, Kieran and Tanzil, Sheikh A. (2022) A Case Study on Fluid Post - Modern Neo - Tribes - of the West Perth Cheer Squad (Australian Rules Football) During 1984-1986. In: Research Developments in Arts and Social Studies. B P International, India, pp. 77-105. ISBN 978-93-5547-785-9

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The aim of this article is to apply Armstrong’s theory of fluid “post-modern” “neotribes” to our West Perth cheer squad 1984-86 and draw appropriate theoretically-informed conclusions from this application. West Perth FC has been a foundation member of the Perth- based Western Australian Football League(WAFL) competition since 1885 I find that the anthropological approach is able to explain many aspects of our cheer squad’s culture and members’ behaviours including the quick disintegration of the cheer squad early in the 1986 season without anyone officially ending it. Theoretically, Marsh's definition of "aggro" as "the illusion of violence" seems to describe and explain our West Perth cheerleaders' aggressive posturing but mostly peaceful behaviour almost precisely. It also explains our group members' partially unintentional adoption of a subservient attitude toward the Swan Districts fans at Bassendean Oval in 1985 and their silent departure after that surrender (and their team's victory). Without throwing a single punch, they imposed the complete control of the Swan Districts fans over every square centimetre of Bassendean Oval.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works
A General Works > AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities > AZ200-361 History
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: School of Accounting, Finance and Economics (SAFE)
Depositing User: Sheik Tanzil
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2023 03:52
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2023 03:52

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