Basking in reflected glory and blasting: Differences in identity-management strategies between two groups of highly identified soccer fans

Iouri Bernache-Assollant, Marie Franoise Lacassagne, Jomills H. Braddock

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This study examines, in soccer fanzines, two identity-management strategies-basking in reflected glory (BIRGing) and blasting-of two groups of highly identified soccer fans with allegiance to the same team. Results show strong support for the BIRG phenomenon among both ultra fan groups but little evidence of the blasting phenomenon among either group. The implications of these findings are discussed in regard to social identity management among sports fans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-388
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Language and Social Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007



  • BIRGing
  • Blasting
  • Identity-management strategies
  • Ultra fans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language

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