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Critical Research in Football

About the Series

The Critical Research in Football book series was launched in 2017 to showcase the inter- and multi-disciplinary breadth of debate relating to 'football'. The series defines 'football' as broader than association football, with research on rugby, Gaelic and gridiron codes also featured. Including monographs, edited collections, short books and textbooks, books in the series are written and/or edited by leading experts in the field whilst consciously also affording space to emerging voices in the area, and are designed to appeal to students, postgraduate students and scholars who are interested in the range of disciplines in which critical research in football connects. The series is published in association with the Football Collective,

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Football and Diaspora Connecting Dispersed Communities through the Global Game

Football and Diaspora: Connecting Dispersed Communities through the Global Game

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Edited By Jeffrey W. Kassing, Sangmi Lee
December 05, 2023

This is the first book to examine football (soccer) through the lens of diaspora studies. Presenting case studies from across four continents, it considers how diasporic minorities develop a sense of belonging between their national and transnational ethnic communities through an active ...

LGBT Football Fans Authenticity, Belonging and Visibility

LGBT Football Fans: Authenticity, Belonging and Visibility

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By Rory Magrath
November 10, 2023

While recent years have seen the emergence of a significant body of research on LGBT inclusion in sport, little is known about LGBT fans. This book provides the first in-depth examination of LGBT football fans’ experiences and sense of place in the contemporary English game.  Drawing on almost 100 ...

The Safe Standing Movement in Football Fan Networks, Tactics, and Mobilisations

The Safe Standing Movement in Football: Fan Networks, Tactics, and Mobilisations

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By Mark Turner
September 08, 2023

This book tells the important story of the 30-year social movement against all-seated stadia in football in England and Wales that developed in the wake of the Hillsborough stadium disaster and the wider European and international significance of that movement. Examining the fan networks, relations...

The Politics of Football

The Politics of Football

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By Christos Kassimeris
August 21, 2023

This book examines the deep connections between football and politics and explains what those relationships can tell us about sport and wider society. With the game occupying a preeminent place on the world sporting stage, this book argues that the political significance of football has never been ...

Football in the Nordic Countries Practices, Equality and Influence

Football in the Nordic Countries: Practices, Equality and Influence

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Edited By Mihaly Szerovay, Arto Nevala, Hannu Itkonen
June 21, 2023

This book explores football culture, organisation and development in the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway. These countries represent an important case study in sport culture, policy and management, being shaped by unique traditions in their civil society and in ...

Football Fandom, Sexualities and Activism A Cultural Relational Sociology

Football Fandom, Sexualities and Activism: A Cultural Relational Sociology

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By Peter Millward
April 17, 2023

This is the first book to examine the growing movement of organised networks of LGBT+ football supporters, exploring activists’ biographies and the meanings they ascribe to participation in identity politics-centred social movements. The book draws upon in-depth original research into the Pride in ...

Critical Issues in Football A Sociological Analysis of the Beautiful Game

Critical Issues in Football: A Sociological Analysis of the Beautiful Game

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Edited By Will Roberts, Stuart Whigham, Alex Culvin, Daniel Parnell
January 19, 2023

Showcasing some of the most important current research in football studies, this book demonstrates the value of social theory and sociology in helping us to better understand the world’s favourite sport. This book sheds critical new light on key issues in contemporary football, with each chapter ...

Football and Discrimination Antisemitism and Beyond

Football and Discrimination: Antisemitism and Beyond

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Edited By Pavel Brunssen, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum
January 09, 2023

This book takes a close look at discrimination in football in order to illuminate our understanding of the interaction between sport and wider society, politics and culture, particularly in terms of the (re)production of identity. It presents insightful and diverse international case ...

Football and Popular Culture Singing Out from the Stands

Football and Popular Culture: Singing Out from the Stands

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Edited By Stephen R. Millar, Martin J. Power, Paul Widdop, Daniel Parnell, James Carr
January 09, 2023

Football is ubiquitous and a permanent fixture of modern life. More than a sport, it frequently manifests in broader popular culture. This book examines the significance of football for, and in, popular culture across a wide range of forms, including music, film, and social media. Football and ...

Football, Family, Gender and Identity The Football Self

Football, Family, Gender and Identity: The Football Self

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By Hanya Pielichaty
January 09, 2023

This book presents a cross-disciplinary examination of the lived experiences of girls and women football players using theoretical insights from sports studies, psychology, sociology and gender studies. It examines the concept of ‘the football self’ – your own, personal football identity that ...

Football, Politics and Identity

Football, Politics and Identity

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Edited By James Carr, Daniel Parnell, Paul Widdop, Martin J. Power, Stephen R. Millar
January 09, 2023

This book presents a series of fascinating case studies that show how the lives and bodies of clubs, players and fans around the world are enmeshed with politics.   It draws on original research in countries including England, Scotland, Ireland, Poland, Mexico, Algeria and Argentina and ...

Russia and the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Russia and the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Edited By Richard Arnold
January 09, 2023

Despite many negative expectations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia delivered one of the best World Cups in living memory. This book brings together leading scholars working in Russian studies, sociology and political science to analyse the 2018 World Cup and assess its significance for sport, ...

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