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A Game of Two Halves

Football Fandom, Television and Globalisation, 1st Edition

By Cornel Sandvoss


224 pages

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Paperback: 9780415314855
pub: 2003-09-11
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Professional football is one of the most popular television 'genres' worldwide, attracting the support of millions of fans, and the sponsorship of powerful companies. In A Game of Two Halves, Sandvoss considers football's relationship with television, its links with transnational capitalism, and the importance of football fandom in forming social and cultural identities around the globe. He presents the phenomenon of football as a reflection postmodern culture and globalization.Through a series of case studies, based in ethnographic audience research, Sandvoss explores the motivations and pleasures of football fans, the intense bond formed between supporters and their clubs, the implications of football consumption on political discourse and citizenship, football as a factor of cultural globalisation, and the pivotal role of football and television in a postmodern cultural order.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 1 Football, Fandom and Consumption Chapter 2 Fan Practices and Consumption Chapter 3 Fandom, Identity and Self-Reflection Part 2 The Social and Cultural Diffusion of Football Chapter 4 The Politics of Football: Fandom and the Public Sphere Chapter 5 Football and Cultural Globalisation Part 3 Football and Postmodernity Chapter 6 Football, Formal Rationality and Standardisation Chapter 7 Television, Football and Hyperreality Chapter 8 Conclusion

About the Series


The Comedia series features new theoretical and empirical work exploring the dynamics of the arts and culture industries, and addressing critical issues in the field of contemporary popular culture: issues of production, design, marketing, and consumption. While the principle focus is contemporary, the series also offers historical, educational, and policy-oriented perspectives across a broad range of media and cultural forms, from the news media to the visual arts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Television / History & Criticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies