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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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Russia and the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Russia and the 2018 FIFA World Cup

1st Edition


Richard Arnold
March 15, 2021

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, ...

Fan Activism, Protest and Politics Ultras in Post-Socialist Croatia

Fan Activism, Protest and Politics: Ultras in Post-Socialist Croatia

1st Edition

Andrew Hodges
June 30, 2020

In what sense can organized football fans be understood as political actors or participants in social movements? How do fan struggles link to wider social and political transformations? And what methodological dilemmas arise when researching fan activism? Fan Activism, Protest and Politics seeks ...

Politics, Ideology and Football Fandom The Transformation of Modern Poland

Politics, Ideology and Football Fandom: The Transformation of Modern Poland

1st Edition

Radosław Kossakowski, Przemysław Nosal, Wojciech Woźniak
April 15, 2020

Football fans and football culture represent a unique prism through which to view contemporary society and politics. Based on in-depth empirical research into football in Poland, this book examines how fans develop political identities and how those identities can influence the wider political ...

The Development of Women's Soccer Legacies, Participation, and Popularity in Germany

The Development of Women's Soccer: Legacies, Participation, and Popularity in Germany

1st Edition

Henk Erik Meier
February 18, 2020

While women’s soccer has risen in popularity around the world, research reveals persistent gender discrimination and marginalization of girls and women in the sport. Applying policy feedback theory and econometric analysis, this volume explores the lasting impact of different regimes of gender ...

Football as Medicine Prescribing Football for Global Health Promotion

Football as Medicine: Prescribing Football for Global Health Promotion

1st Edition

Peter Krustrup, Daniel Parnell
December 11, 2019

It is beyond dispute that physical activity is good for us, but what are the benefits, challenges and impacts of sport on health? This is the first book to focus on football in the context of health from individual, public and population-level perspectives. Football as Medicine examines the ...

African Footballers in Europe Migration, Community, and Give Back Behaviours

African Footballers in Europe: Migration, Community, and Give Back Behaviours

1st Edition

Ernest Yeboah Acheampong, Malek Bouhaouala, Michel Raspaud
October 15, 2019

African Footballers in Europe traces the social and economic evolution of African football and examines the strategies and resources that players mobilise in their migrations, with a particular focus on ‘Give Back Behaviours’ (how players contribute to their countries or communities of origin). It ...

Football in Fiction A History

Football in Fiction: A History

1st Edition

Lee McGowan
October 15, 2019

Football in Fiction represents the most comprehensive historical mapping and analysis of novels related to association football (soccer). It offers a theoretically informed field guide, a scholarly cartography of football fiction’s uncertain – and until now – only partially explored ...

Football Fandom, Protest and Democracy Supporter Activism in Turkey

Football Fandom, Protest and Democracy: Supporter Activism in Turkey

1st Edition

Dağhan Irak
May 02, 2019

Football Fandom, Protest and Democracy offers an in-depth and inside approach to the socio-political history of football in Turkey, where fandom is often revered as part of the national identity, presenting the historical context for football events in the country. Based on original research, the ...

Football, Fandom and Consumption

Football, Fandom and Consumption

1st Edition

Oliver Brooks
February 19, 2019

Modern football is an industry and capitalism is its engine. However, this book argues for a more nuanced understanding of contemporary football culture and the (self-)identity of football fans. Drawing on original ethnographic research conducted with fans at all levels, from international to lower...

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