This book is a fascinating journey through a series of scholarly articles. The journey begins by tracing one of the most significant stories in the popularization of Association Football. In the next leg of the journey it charts the diverse and changing face of the modern British game. It then moves on to the global spread of the game from England and its domestication and appropriation in its new homes across the planet. It also investigates the exchanges which are increasingly taking place between these new homes of football. In the concluding pieces football’s global experience is compared with the attempts at globalizing baseball and drawing out the larger patterns that inform football’s global experience.
This book was published as a special issue in Soccer and Society.
Table of Contents
- Prologue Projit B. Mukharji
- Missing Men: School Masters and the Early Years of Association Football J.A. Mangan
- Exploring the Spectator Experience: Virtual Football Spectatorship in the Pub Mike Weed
- ‘No Systematic Doping in Football’: A Critical Review Dominic Malcolm and Ivan Waddington
- Tackling the Anxieties of the English: Searching for the Nation through Football Jessica S.R. Robinson
- Soccer in the USA: ‘Holding out for a Hero?’ Dolores P. Martinez
- Football in the Reconstruction of the Gender Order in Japan Wolfram Manzenreiter
- Stanley Rous’ ‘Own Goal’: Football Politics, South Africa and the Contest for the FIFA Presidency in 1974 Paul Darby
- ‘Feeble Bengalis’ and ‘Big Africans’: African Players in Bengali Club Football Projit B. Mukharji
- Ghati-Bangal on the Maidan: Subregionalism, Club Rivalry and Fan Culture in Indian Football Boria Majumdar
- Globalizing Sport: Assessing the World Baseball Classic Alan Klein
- Epilogue: Global Football Dolores P. Martinez
Dolores P. Martinez is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Associate Dean of Research at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
Projit Bihari Mukharji is a Lecturer in Modern History at Newcastle University and an avid fan of Bengali football.