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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…

Power, Corruption & Pies – Volume Two: The Best Writing from the Second Decade of WSC 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by samh

Power, Corruption & Pies – Volume Two: The Best Writing from the Second Decade of WSC, foreword by Adrian Chiles (2006)

This anthology takes up the story from 1997 to 2006, the second decade of legendary football fanzine When Saturday Comes.

It was an era when the football bandwagon became a juggernaut, apparently with no-one at the wheel. In spite of rampant commercialisation, the game nonetheless retained its appeal, even among those for whom almost every season is a sequence of disappointments.

The second WSC anthology reflects the big issues of the era, from the rise of the Champions League to the disappearance of old football grounds, with trenchant opinions on a range of topics including the heyday of football boardgames, the calamitous decline of the FA Cup and Delia Smith’s unusual half-time announcements. Throughout its existence WSC has provided a platform for innovative football writing. Widely known authors such as David Conn, Dave Hill and long-standing contributor Harry Pearson all feature in this book. Most of all, WSC gives space to the view of those who know football best: the supporters.

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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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