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Football, Politics and Identity

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ISBN 9781032012322
January 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
210 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,  1. “Show Respect to Our Anthem”: Identity Politics and National Team Football in Northern Ireland,  2. From ‘Billy Boys’ to ‘Ulster Boys’?: Sectarianism, Northern Ireland Supporters, and the Emergence of the ‘Green and White Army’,  3. Two Sides Still at Play 20 Years After the Good Friday Agreement,  4. ‘Poppies in the Field’: The Spectacularization of Military Remembrance in British Football,  5. Football in ‘French’ Algeria and ‘Algerian’ France: From Colonisation to Globalisation,  6. Enduring Passions: Football, Peronism and the Politics of National Identity in Argentina,  7. “Defenders of European Culture” – ‘Refugee Crisis’, Football Hooliganism, and the Right-Wing Shift in Europe,  8. “Ehhhhh pu!... what?”: A Critical Conversation about Mexican Football Fandom and the Word at the Center of a Homophobic Chant,  9. Regional Politics of Place-Making and (Un)Belonging through Language at a Derby Football Match in the South of the Netherlands,  10. Rescuing Football Clubs by Supporters: The Role and Forms of Social Capital,  11. The Political Economy of Grassroots Football: From Obscurity to Austerity

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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 Sport Business Management, Leeds Beckett University, UK. 

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

Stephen R. Millar is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.