Soccer and Society

South Wales, 1900-1939
Author: Martin Johnes
Publisher: N.A
Category: History
Page: 238
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In 1927, Welsh football reached a peak when Cardiff City beat Arsenal in the FA Cup Final. The game's popularity had grown at a notable rate in early 20th-century south Wales and, by 1939, football was an integral part of the region's popular culture.

Soccer and Disaster

Author: Paul Darby,Martin Johnes,Gavin Mellor
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780714682891
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 193
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The word disaster is much used in the world of soccer - conceding a penalty, a sending off, an untimely defeat. Comparing these with real life disasters puts things into perspective and the results of the games become insignificant. Soccer is not more important than life or death! For the first time, real life tragedies in the world of soccer are explored in one volume. From the loss of life of talented young players in the Munich and Zambian air disasters to fatal overcrowding at Hillsborough and Moscow. During the history of the game, fans and players alike have been the victims of negligence, complacency and misfortune. The causes, consequences and legacies of these and other disasters are examined in this book that reveals frightening parallels and important lessons. A powerful book suitable for students of sociology, sports studies and social history. This volume was previously published as a special issue of the journal Sport in the Global Society.

Soccer, Culture and Society in Spain

An Ethnography of Basque Fandom
Author: Mariann Vaczi
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317677293
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 232
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Spanish soccer is on top of the world, at international and club level, with the best teams and a seemingly endless supply of exciting and stylish players. While the Spanish economy struggles, its soccer flourishes, deeply embedded throughout Spanish social and cultural life. But the relationship between soccer, culture and national identity in Spain is complex. This fascinating, in-depth study shines new light on Spanish soccer by examining the role this sport plays in Basque identity, consolidated in Athletic Club of Bilbao, the century-old soccer club located in the birthplace of Basque nationalism. Athletic Bilbao has a unique player recruitment policy, allowing only Basque-born players or those developed at the youth academies of Basque clubs to play for the team, a policy that rejects the internationalism of contemporary globalised soccer. Despite this, the club has never been relegated from the top division of Spanish football. A particularly tight bond exists between fans, their club and the players, with Athletic representing a beacon of Basque national identity. This book is an ethnography of a soccer culture where origins, nationalism, gender relations, power and passion, lifecycle events and death rituals gain new meanings as they become, below and beyond the playing field, a matter of creative contention and communal affirmation. Based on unique, in-depth ethnographic research, this book investigates how a soccer club and soccer fandom affect the life of a community, interweaving empirical research material with key contemporary themes in the social sciences, and placing the study in the wider context of Spanish political and sporting cultures. Filling a key gap in the literature on contemporary Spain, and on wider soccer cultures, this book is fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in sport, anthropology, sociology, political science, or cultural and gender studies.

Fringe Nations in World Soccer

Author: Kausik Bandyopadhyay,Sabyasachi Mallick
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131799809X
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 264
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Soccer is the most popular mass spectator sport in the world, gaining huge media coverage and reaching all levels of society in countries all around the world. More than just entertainment, soccer has proved to be a reflection of national, cultural, community and ethnic identity as well as an indication of the development and international status of post-colonial nation states. For those nations still at the fringes of the modern global game, soccer represents a vision of potential commercialisation, capable of generating foreign reserves and bringing in considerable economic power. This book explores aspects of the development of soccer in countries which have recently been marginalised in world soccer or have only erratic success on the international stage. These fringe nations include a greater part of Africa, the USA, Australia, Israel, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Indonesia, Thailand, Maldives and Sri Lanka, and while these countries are rarely noticed by the global football media, they nonetheless have great potential to excel, and many have a rich soccer heritage that still holds a place of central importance in the every day life of the people. This book was previously published as a special issue of Soccer and Society.

Football Supporters and the Commercialisation of Football

Comparative Responses across Europe
Author: Peter Kennedy,David Kennedy
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317981707
Category: Political Science
Page: 152
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As football clubs have become luxury investments, their decisions increasingly mirror those of any other business organisation. Football supporters have been encouraged to express their club loyalty by ‘thinking business’ - acting as consumers and generating money deemed necessary for their clubs to compete at the highest levels. In critical studies, supporters have been portrayed as passive or reluctant consumers who, imprisoned by enduring club loyalties, embody a fatalistic attitude to their own exploitation. As this book aims to show, however, such expressions of loyalty are far from hegemonic and often interface haphazardly with traditional ideas about what constitutes the ‘loyal fan’. While there is little doubt that professional football is experiencing commodification, the reality is that football clubs are not simply businesses, nor can they ever aspire to be organisations driven solely by expanding or protecting economic value. Rather, clubs hover uncertainly between being businesses and community assets. Football Supporters and the Commercialisation of Football explores the implications of this uncertainty for understanding supporter resistance to, and compromise with, commodification. Every club and its supporters exist in their own unique national and local contexts. In this respect, this book offers a Euro-wide comparison of supporter reactions to commercialisation and provides unique insight into how football supporters actively mediate regional, local and national contexts, as they intersect with the universalistic presumptions of commerce. This book was previously published as a special issue of Soccer and Society.

International Sport

A Bibliography, 2000 Including Index to Sports History Journals, Conference Proceedings and Essay Collection
Author: Richard William Cox
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780714653648
Category: Reference
Page: 78
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Provides bibliographical references to books, articles, essays, and conference proceedings covering a variety of topics relating to sports.

South Africa and the Global Game

Football, Apartheid and Beyond
Author: Peter Alegi,Chris Bolsmann
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317968182
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 186
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Firmly situating South African teams, players, and associations in the international framework in which they have to compete, South Africa and the Global Game: Football, Apartheid, and Beyond presents an interdisciplinary analysis of how and why South Africa underwent a remarkable transformation from a pariah in world sport to the first African host of a World Cup in 2010. Written by an eminent team of scholars, this special issue and book aims to examine the importance of football in South African society, revealing how the black oppression transformed a colonial game into a force for political, cultural and social liberation. It explores how the hosting of the 2010 World Cup aims to enhance the prestige of the post-apartheid nation, to generate economic growth and stimulate Pan-African pride. Among the themes dealt with are race and racism, class and gender dynamics, social identities, mass media and culture, and globalization. This collection of original and insightful essays will appeal to specialists in African Studies, Cultural Studies, and Sport Studies, as well as to non-specialist readers seeking to inform themselves ahead of the 2010 World Cup. This book was published as a special issue of Soccer and Society.

Soccer and Philosophy

Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game
Author: Ted Richards
Publisher: Open Court Publishing
ISBN: 081269676X
Category: Philosophy
Page: 408
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This collection of incisive articles gives a leading team of international philosophers a free kick toward exploring the complex and often hidden contours of the world of soccer. What does it really mean to be a fan (and why should we count Aristotle as one)? Why do great players such as Cristiano Ronaldo count as great artists (up there alongside Picasso, one author argues)? From the ethics of refereeing to the metaphysics of bent (like Beckham) space-time, this book shows soccer fans and philosophy buffs alike new ways to appreciate and understand the world's favorite sport.

Football's Dark Side: Corruption, Homophobia, Violence and Racism in the Beautiful Game

Author: Ellis Cashmore,J. Cleland
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137371277
Category: Social Science
Page: 106
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Association football is the richest, most popular sport in history with a multicultural global following. It is also riven with corruption, racism, homophobia and a violence that has for decades resisted all attempts to tame it. Cashmore and Cleland examine football's dark side: the unpleasant, sleazy and downright nasty aspects of the sport.

Soccer Culture in America

Essays on the World's Sport in Red, White and Blue
Author: Yuya Kiuchi
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786471557
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 228
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What does the world's favorite sport mean in the United States? Despite the common belief that it is only a women's sport, an immigrants' sport, a small kids' sport--or that hating soccer is very American, the new essays in this volume attest that soccer indeed is a very American and very popular sport, around since the 1940s. The essays will address issues concerning the business of the game, the meaning of men's and women's professional, national, high school, and youth soccer, the community formed by the game, the media, the referees, the hooliganism, and the treatment of the sport in academe.

Football Culture

Local Conflicts, Global Visions
Author: Gerry Finn,Richard Giulianotti
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136330283
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 320
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These essays provide a critical investigation of football cultures, examining local and national impacts of the game's new millennial order over five continents.

Soccer around the World: A Cultural Guide to the World's Favorite Sport

Author: Charles Parrish,John Nauright
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610693035
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 400
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Two leading sports authorities explore the culture of soccer around the world, considering the sport as a means to better understand a society's past, present, and future. • Includes both men's and women's soccer • Features lists of winners of World Cups, regional confederations cups, and Olympic Games • Provides sidebars of interesting facts and photos to supplement the text • Offers a multi-disciplinary perspective from across geography, social studies, world cultures, and anthropology

Soccer in South Asia

Empire, Nation, Diaspora
Author: Paul Dimeo,James Mills
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135276579
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 200
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The place of football in the colonial and post-colonial past is explored and both British and Portuguese influences on the development of the game are considered. Contemporary issues such as the impact of the professional league in India and the role of UK Asians in the organization of the Indian game are considered. Future scenarios are explored and models for progression and problems facing the sport in south Asia are outlined.

Why Minorities Play or Don't Play Soccer

A Global Exploration
Author: Kausik Bandyopadhyay
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317989511
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 224
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Soccer, the most popular mass spectator sport in the world, has always remained a marker of identities of various sorts. Behind the façade of its obvious entertainment aspect, it has proved to be a perpetuating reflector of nationalism, ethnicity, community or communal identity, and cultural specificity. Naturally therefore, the game is a complex representative of minorities’ status especially in countries where minorities play a crucial role in political, social, cultural or economic life. The question is also important since in many nations success in sports like soccer has been used as an instrument for assimilation or to promote an alternative brand of nationalism. Thus, Jewish teams in pre-Second World War Europe were set up to promote the idea of a muscular Jewish identity. Similarly, in apartheid South Africa, soccer became the game of the black majority since it was excluded from the two principal games of the country – rugby and cricket. In India, on the other hand, the Muslim minorities under colonial rule appropriated soccer to assert their community-identity. The book examines why in certain countries, minorities chose to take up the sport while in others they backed away from participating in the game or, alternatively, set up their own leagues and practised self-exclusion. The book examines European countries like the Netherlands, England and France, the USA, Africa, Australia and the larger countries of Asia – particularly India. This book was previously published as a special issue of Soccer and Society.

The Rebirth of Professional Soccer in America

The Strange Days of the United Soccer Association
Author: Dennis J. Seese
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 144223895X
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 308
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Soccer’s history in the United States is far richer and more complex than many people realize. In 1967 the country saw a rebirth of professional soccer, but it was a painful, hostile rebirth that saw dueling groups of American sports entrepreneurs fracture into two separate professional leagues. The United Soccer Association (USA) was a league sanctioned by FIFA, but was absent from the nation’s airwaves. Its rival, the National Professional Soccer League, was considered an “outlaw” league by FIFA and within the United States, but it held an exclusive television contract with CBS. The Rebirth of Professional Soccer in America: The Strange Days of the United Soccer Association tells the story of this largely forgotten chapter in soccer’s history. The two leagues were ragged, misshapen pieces of a puzzle that refused to fit together, competing directly for fans and revenue. This would have been strange enough, but the USA league imported entire teams from Great Britain, Italy, and South America, including Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cagliari Calcio, and Bangu. Built on meticulous research and interviews, this book examines the little-known story that unfolded on the field, in the boardroom, and across the country during this single strange season of professional soccer.

Routledge Handbook of Sport and Corporate Social Responsibility

Author: Juan Luis Paramio Salcines,Kathy Babiak,Geoff Walters
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135011737
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 360
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As the role of sport in society becomes ever more prominent and as sports organisations become increasingly influential members of the global community, so it has become more important than ever for sport to consider its wider social responsibilities. The Routledge Handbook of Sport and Corporate Social Responsibility is the first book to offer a comprehensive survey of theories and concepts of CSR as applied to sport, and the social, ethical and environmental aspects of sport business and management. It offers an overview of perspectives and approaches to CSR in sport, examines the unique features of the sport industry in relation to CSR, explores the tools, models, common pitfalls and examples of best practice on which managers can draw, and discusses how CSR and corporate citizenship can be integrated into the sport management curriculum. The book covers every key issue and functional area, including implementation, strategic benefits, communication and corporate image, stakeholder engagement, and the measurement and evaluation of CSR policies and practices, and includes detailed international case studies, from the NBA and the Olympic Games to Japanese soccer. The Routledge Handbook of Sport and Corporate Social Responsibility is important reading for any student, researcher, manager or policy maker with an interest in sport business, management, ethics or development.

Interaktionen von Fußballfans

Das Spiel am Rande des Spiels
Author: Martin Winands
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658090804
Category: Social Science
Page: 257
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Martin Winands untersucht in einer ethnographischen Studie die Interaktionen von Fußballfans im Stadion und entwickelt eine eigene, gegenstandsgegründete Theorie der Interaktionsordnungen. Die Analysen werden maßgeblich von den theoretischen Ausführungen Goffmans beeinflusst, auf deren Basis ein sensibilisierendes Konzept entwickelt wird. Die grundlagenwissenschaftlich angelegte Forschung gibt Impulse für eine theoretisch wie empirisch fundierte Fansozialforschung und es werden analytische Angebote für die handlungsorientierte Fansozialarbeit vorgeschlagen. Die Analysen zeigen, dass die Ultragruppen im Zentrum der Interaktionen stehen und vielerorts die Stimmung in den Stadien von ihnen abhängig ist. Zudem werden autoritäre Muster sichtbar, da die Ultragruppen häufig darüber entscheiden, welche Artikulationen legitim sind und welche nicht.