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Post-fandom and the Millennial Blues: The Transformation of Soccer Culture 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Post-fandom and the Millennial Blues: The Transformation of Soccer Culture, by Steve Redhead (1997)

Football fandom has traditionally been seen as an important part of adolescent, generally male, identity-making.

In this timely and important contribution to the field of popular cultural studies, Steve Redhead looks at the way youth culture is being reshaped by media culture in its various aspects at the end of the millennium. Read more…

The Passion and the Fashion: Football Fandom in the New Europe 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

The Passion and the Fashion: Football Fandom in the New Europe, edited by Steve Redhead (1993)

This book was one of the first to analyse the changing culture of the soccer terrace.

Commentators are now as likely to refer to the carnival or “party” atmosphere at football matches as violence and disorder. This does not mean that “football hooliganism” – as the media labelled it for the past 30 years – has somehow disappeared. Read more…

Moving the Goalposts: A History of Sport and Society Since 1945 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Moving the Goalposts: A History of Sport and Society Since 1945, by Martin Polley (1998)

This book argues that sport is not neutral, asocial or apolitical and so it needs to be assessed in its widest cultural context to be understood.

It provides a comprehensive survey of sport in Britain since 1945 and examines its place in British culture. The author also offers a critical introduction to existing literature on the subject and places contemporary sport in the context of recent history. He discusses issues of politics, national identity, gender, class and race and explores representations of sport in the media. Sports covered include: football, rugby, tennis and polo.

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Football: A Sociology of the Global Game 0

Posted on August 28, 2011 by samh

Football: A Sociology of the Global Game, by Richard Giulianotti (1999)

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of football. Writing in an accessible yet critical style, Giulianotti analyses the social and historical dimensions of the world’s most popular game.

The author locates football culture within the broader context of contemporary societies and social trends. As the game enters the new millennium, football’s global dimensions become increasingly apparent. Players, playing styles and supporter identities all travel beyond nations and continents more and more frequently. Read more…

Football and the English 0

Posted on August 27, 2011 by samh

Football and the English, by Dave Russell (1997)

Association football has been a central feature of English life since late in the past century.

This book combines a survey of the rapidly growing literature on the game’s history with new research and analyses major changes which have taken place. This book is highly recommended for beginners to the academic study of football literature, but it is not as dense as some studies: it is very readable and clearly set out, and thus is of interest to anyone who wants to read about the history of the game and where it is heading in the future.

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