A Story of Nebraska Football, Fans, and the Power of Place


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About the Book

This work reveals the storied love affair that has long existed between native Nebraskans and the University of Nebraska football team. The author draws upon his experiences as a devoted “Huskerviller,” and the insights of more than 500 other Husker fans who shared their ideas through interviews, questionnaires, and Internet communication, to compose a story that highlights how the culture, history, and geography of Nebraska are intimately embedded in fans’ devotion to the Cornhuskers. The book features photographs and an extensive bibliography, while an appendix provides 16 essays written by devoted Husker fans.

About the Author(s)

Roger C. Aden is a professor of communication studies at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He is the author of over two dozen academic publications.

Bibliographic Details

Roger C. Aden
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 263
Bibliographic Info: 5 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3206-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0641-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface: The Long Road to Huskerville      1

Introduction: Welcome to Huskerville      7


1. Rooting: Sugar Beets, Family, and Fans      19

2. Cheering Around the World      23

3. Anchored in Nebraska      38

4. Winds of Change and the Threat of Being Uprooted      53


5. Homesteading: “They Know How to Plow”      69

6. Working Hard and Walking On      76

7. Being Neighborly      93

8. Remaining Down-to-Earth      117


9. Cornhusking: Productive Parties      133

10. The Spirit of Huskerville: “There is No Place Like Nebraska”      138

11. A Big Red Presence: Standing Out on the Map      150

12. It’s a Small Husker World      169

13. Conclusion: To Dwell      179

Appendix      187

Chapter Notes      223

Bibliography      243

Index      253