Andrew Guest teaches psychology and sociology at the University of Portland and is the author of numerous articles on sports psychology and youth development in both North America and Africa. He has written for pitchinvasion.net and occasionally writes about sport and the social sciences at Sports & Ideas.
Posts by Andrew Guest
The Curious Case of Professional Women’s Sports Team Fandom
Women who follow men's sports typically have to adapt themselves to male standards of fandom in order to be accepted. But the supporters of women's teams are creating a different model of what it means to be a fan.
Andrew Guest and Anne Luijten
Why Do We Watch? Hypotheses from the Track
Why do we sit in front of our televisions every four years to watch sports that we really care nothing about?
Field Notes: An Anthropology of the Women’s World Cup
A visit to Vancouver's famous Museum of Anthropology before attending the Women's World Cup prompts the author to ask: How will future anthropologists interpret our great sporting events?
A Thinking Fan’s Guide to the Women’s World Cup
Before he sets off to Canada to watch the World Cup, Andrew Guest looks at some of the deeper social and economic inequalities at the root of women's soccer.
Fighting the Great Sports Myth
A word to the researcher who argues against the fundamental goodness of sport, even with plenty of backing evidence. At worst, you'll be branded a hater. At best, you'll be ignored.
"Half time. The coach gives you a piece of orange, and he shouts at you like he's trying to save your soul. You wonder what it's like at the beach."