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FIFA World Cup and Beyond

Sport, Culture, Media and Governance, 1st Edition

Edited by Kausik Bandyopadhyay, Souvik Naha, Shakya Mitra


212 pages

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Soccer, the most popular mass spectator sport in the world, has long been a site which articulates the complexities and diversities of the everyday life of the nation. The imaging and prioritization of the game as a ‘national’ or an ‘international’ event in public opinion and the media also play a critical role in transforming the soccer culture of a nation. In this context, the FIFA World Cup remains the grand spectacle for asserting the identity of the nation. This book intends to offer eclectic perspectives and discourses on the FIFA World Cup, and to throw light on the changing dimensions of football and sports culture in terms of identity, race, ethnicity, gender, fandom, governance, and so on. On the one hand, it focuses on the significance of the FIFA World Cup for nations in terms of hosting, performance, playing style, and identity formation. On the other, it looks beyond the World Cup to highlight the growing importance of a host of perspectives in sport in general and football in particular with reference to art, fandom, gender, media, and governance.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Sport in Society.

Table of Contents


1. FIFA World Cup and beyond: sport, culture, media and governance

Kausik Bandyopadhyay, Souvik Naha and Shakya Mitra

FIFA World Cup and the Nation

2. A second ‘Maracanazo’? The 2014 FIFA World Cup in historical perspective

Kevin Moore

3. Reporting the 2014 World Cup: football first and social issues last

Helton Levy

4. Risk and (in)security of FIFA football World Cups – outlook for Russia 2018

Donna Wong and Simon Chadwick

5. The language of football: a cultural analysis of selected world cup nations

Niels N. Rossing and Lotte S. Skrubbeltrang

6. Conflicting traditions: the FIFA World Cup, Australia and football identities

Binoy Kampmark

7. Amnesia and animosity: an assessment of soccer in the States

David Kilpatrick

Sport, Culture, Media and Governance

8. The art of goalkeeping: memorializing Lev Yashin

Mike O’Mahony

9. Politics and international fandom in a fringe nation: La Albiceleste, Maradona, and Marxist Kolkata

Sarbajit Mitra and Souvik Naha

10. Soccer and the city: the game and its fans in Solo and Yogyakarta

Andy Fuller

11. Women’s time? Time and temporality in women’s football

Kath Woodward

12. Making sense of race/ethnicity and gender in televised football: reception research among British students

Rens Peeters and Jacco van Sterkenburg

13. FIFA, the video game: a major vehicle for soccer’s popularization in the United States

Andrei S. Markovits and Adam I. Green

14. Stakeholder governance and Irish sport

David Hassan and Ian O’Boyle

About the Editors

Kausik Bandyopadhyay is Professor of History at West Bengal State University, India. He was a former Fellow of the International Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland. A Deputy Executive Editor of Soccer & Society (Routledge), his most recent works include Mahatma on the Pitch: Gandhi and Cricket in India (2017) and Sport, Culture and Nation: Perspectives from Indian Football and South Asian Cricket (2015).

Souvik Naha has a PhD in History from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. An Editor of Soccer & Society (Routledge), he has published his research in journals such as International Journal of the History of Sport, Sport in Society, Soccer & Society, Sport in History, and Economic and Political Weekly, as well as in various edited volumes.

Shakya Mitra is a post graduate in Sports Management from Stirling University, Scotland. He has worked in the Sports Management Industry as well as in the media in India for close to eight years. He has contributed articles to international journals and co-edited special issues of Routledge journals on sport.

About the Series

Sport in the Global Society – Contemporary Perspectives

The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. While this area has been well served by the Sport in the Global Society series, the surge in quality scholarship over the last few years has necessitated the creation of Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives. The series will publish the work of leading scholars in fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, cultural geography and history, political science and political economy. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.

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