In Football and Accelerated Culture, Steve Redhead offers a new and challenging theorisation of global football culture, exploring the relationship between sport and culture in a rapidly shifting world. Incorporating cutting-edge concepts, from accelerated culture and claustropolitanism to non-postmodernity, he reflects on the demise of working class football cultures and the rapid media globalisation of ‘the people’s game’.
Drawing on international empirical research and a unique and ground-breaking study of football hooligan memoirs, the book delves into a wide array of disciplines, examining fascinating topics such as the relationship between music and football; hooligans and ultras; the rise of social media and anti-modern football movements; and ultra-realist criminology.
Football and Accelerated Culture offers a new way of thinking about sporting cultures that expands the boundaries of physical cultural studies. As such, it is important reading for anybody with an interest in the culture of sport and leisure, social theory, communication studies, criminology or socio-legal studies.
Redhead’s state-of-the-art exploration of contemporary football culture is bursting with fresh ideas, which he applies with both imagination and precision to his object of study. This trenchant mixture of raw realism and high theory is exactly what is needed to break the study of football culture out of its current ailing paradigms and reset the coordinates for a new trajectory. A genuine pathfinder.
Steve Hall, Professor of Criminology, Teesside University, UK
1. Hey, Mister, Can We Have Our Ball Back? True Faith Remix 2. Gigs Will Tear Us Apart 3. The Firm 4. All Together Now 5. A Gangster’s Game 6. We’re Not Racist, We Only Hate Mancs 7. The Participants Are Always Wrong 8. Sporting Claustropolis Appendix 1. Football Hooligan Memoirs Archive Appendix 2. Clubs and Their Firms in the Football Hooligan Memoirs Archive Bibliography