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
3. Reporting the 2014 World Cup: football first and social issues last
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
7. Amnesia and animosity: an assessment of soccer in the States
Sport, Culture, Media and Governance
8. The art of goalkeeping: memorializing Lev Yashin
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
11. Women’s time? Time and temporality in women’s football
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
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.