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ISBN 9780367433550
June 6, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

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 includes both historical and contemporary perspectives. It explores some of the most important themes in the study of sport, including sectarianism, migration, fan activism and national identity, and shows how football continues to be tied to political events, symbols and movements.

 

This is fascinating reading for any student or researcher working in sport studies, political science, sociology or contemporary history.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Understanding the Connection Between Football, Identity and (P)politics

Martin J. Power, James Carr, Dan Parnell, Paul Widdop and Stephen Millar

 

1. “Show Respect to Our Anthem”: Identity Politics and National Team Football in Northern Ireland

Katie Liston and Matt Deighan

 

2. From ‘Billy Boys’ to ‘Ulster Boys’?: Sectarianism, Northern Ireland Supporters, and the Emergence of the ‘Green and White Army’

John Bell and Paul Bell

 

3. Two Sides Still at Play 20 Years After the Good Friday Agreement

Paul Breen and Sean Huddleston

 

4. ‘Poppies in the Field’: The Spectacularization of Military Remembrance in British Football

Danny Fitzpatrick

 

5. Football in ‘French’ Algeria and ‘Algerian’ France: From Colonisation to Globalisation

Philip Dine

 

6. Enduring Passions: Football, Peronism and the Politics of National Identity in Argentina

Jim O’ Brien

 

7. “Defenders of European Culture” – ‘Refugee Crisis’, Football Hooliganism, and the Right-Wing Shift in Europe

Pavel Brunssen, Robert Claus and Peter Römer

 

8. “Ehhhhh pu!... what?”: A Critical Conversation about Mexican Football Fandom and the Word at the Center of a Homophobic Chant

Melissa Mora Hidalgo and Giovanni Hortúa Vargas

 

9. Regional Politics of Place-Making and (Un)Belonging through Language at a Derby Football Match in the South of the Netherlands

Lotte Thissen and Leonie Cornips

 

10. Rescuing Football Clubs by Supporters: The Role and Forms of Social Capital

Mateusz Grodecki and Radosław Kossakowski

 

11. The Political Economy of Grassroots Football: From Obscurity to Austerity

Daniel Parnell, Danny Fitzpatrick, Anthony May and Paul Widdop

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Biography

James Carr is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland.

 

Daniel Parnell is Senior Lecturer in Sport Business at the University of Liverpool, UK.

 

Paul Widdop is Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Sport at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

 

Martin J. Power is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland.

 

Stephen R. Millar is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Ethnomusicology at Cardiff University and Visiting Research Fellow in Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.