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.

International Sport: A Bibliography, 2000

An Index to Sports History Journals, Conference Proceedings and Essay Collections
Author: Richard William Cox
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135293090
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 200
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There has been an explosion in the quantity of sports history literature published in recent years, making it increasingly difficult to keep abreast of developments. The annual number of publications has increased from around 250 to 1,000 a year over the last decade. This is due in part to the fact that during the late 1980s and 90s, many clubs, leagues and governing bodies of sport have celebrated their centenaries and produced histories to mark this occasion and commemorate their achievements. It is also the result of the growing popularity and realisation of the importance of sport history research within academe. This international bibliography of books, articles, conference proceedings and essays in the English language is a one-stop for the sports historian to know what is new.

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.

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.

The Future of Football

Challenges for the Twenty-first Century
Author: Jon Garland,Dominic Malcolm,Mike Rowe
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135306257
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 256
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World football has undergone unprecedented change over the past decade. On the field, the richest European clubs have retained their pre-eminence, but with multinational playing squads backed up by global marketing industries. Club ownership rests increasingly with impersonal shareholders, rather than local business figures. Domestic and international football competitions are being transformed by the financial power of the mass media. The world's top players are paid far more than their peers from previous eras. This volume covers a wide range of topical issues which football players, fans and administrators will have to confront in the years to come.

Football Supporters and the Commercialisation of Football

Comparative Responses across Europe
Author: Peter Kennedy,David Kennedy
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317981707
Category: Political Science
Page: 140
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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.

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.

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 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

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.

Female Football Fans

Community, Identity and Sexism
Author: C. Dunn
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 113739823X
Category: Social Science
Page: 136
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Most sociological work on football fandom has focused on the experience of men, and it usually talks about alcohol, fighting and general hooliganism. This book shows that there are some unique facets of female experience and fascinating negotiations of identity within the male-dominated world of men's professional football.

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.

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.

Einführung in die Sportsoziologie

Author: Otmar Weiß,Gilbert Norden
Publisher: Waxmann Verlag
ISBN: 3830978863
Category: Political Science
Page: 240
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Sport fasziniert weltweit Milliarden Menschen und stellt für viele einen Religionsersatz dar. Er erscheint als Ideal der Gesellschaft, weil in ihm die Eigenleistung des Menschen sichtbar ist und zählt. Daher bietet er den Menschen in besonderer Weise Möglichkeiten zur Selbstbestätigung. Die Sportsoziologie setzt sich mit der gesellschaftlichen Einbindung und sozialen Bedeutung des Sports auseinander. Dieses Studienbuch führt in die Theorien und Anwendungsfelder sportsoziologischer Forschung ein und zeigt die Zusammenhänge zwischen Sport und Sozialisation, sozialen Gruppen, (Massen-)Kommunikation und Wirtschaft auf. Es eignet sich darüber hinaus für Vertiefungsstudien von forschenden und lehrenden Sportwissenschaftlern und Soziologen. Otmar Weiß ist Professor am Institut für Sportwissenschaft der Universität Wien.

Football and Migration

Perspectives, Places, Players
Author: Richard Elliott,John Harris
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317810465
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 206
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Football is an incredibly powerful case study of globalization and an extremely useful lens through which to study and understand contemporary processes of international migration. This is the first book to focus on the increasingly complex series of migratory processes that contour the contemporary game, drawing on multi-disciplinary approaches from sociology, history, geography and anthropology to explore migration in football in established, emerging and transitional contexts. The book examines shifting migration patterns over time and across space, and analyses the sociological dynamics that drive and influence those patterns. It presents in-depth case studies of migration in elite men’s football, exploring the role of established leagues in Europe and South America as well as important emerging leagues on football's frontier in North America and Asia. The final section of the book analyses the movement of groups who have rarely been the focus of migration research before, including female professional players, elite youth players, amateur players and players’ families, drawing on important new research in Ghana, England, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Few other sports have such a global reach and therefore few other sports are such an important location for cross-cultural research and insight across the social sciences. This book is engaging reading for any student or scholar with an interest in sport, sociology, human geography, migration, international labour flows, globalization, development or post-colonial studies.

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.


Power, Identity and Fandom in Football
Author: Adam Brown
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134677286
Category: Art
Page: 312
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Embracing studies of football fans across Europe, this book tackles questions of power, national and regional identities, and race and racism, highlighting the changing role of fans in the game. Combining new approaches to the study of fan culture with critical assessments of the commercialization of the game, this fascinating book offers a comprehensive and timely examination of the state of European football supporters culture as the game prepares itself for the next millennium. The contributors, all leading figures in sports studies, consider: * whether football remains the peoples game, or if it is now run entirely by and for club owners and directors who have overseen the flotation of clubs on the stock exchange, a new focus on merchandising and the escalation of players salaries * the role of FIFA and UEFA in the struggle for control of world football * manifestations of racism and extreme nationalism in football, from the English medias xenophobic coverage of Euro 96 to the demonisation of Eric Cantona * media representations of national identity in football coverage in Germany, France and Spain * the interplay of national, religious and club identities among fans in England, Scotland, Ireland, Portugal and Scandinavia * the role of the law in regulating football * the future for supporters at a time when watching the match is more likely to mean turning on the television than going to a football ground.