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Football and Accelerated Culture

This Modern Sporting Life, 1st Edition

By Steve Redhead


124 pages

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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

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Steve Redhead is Professor of Cultural Studies at Flinders University, Australia. He has published fifteen books including: Sing When You’re Winning: The Last Football Book, Football With Attitude, Rave Off, The Passion and The Fashion: Football Fandom in the New Europe, Post-Fandom and The Millennial Blues: The Transformation of Soccer Culture, Paul Virilio: Theorist for an Accelerated Culture, The Paul Virilio Reader and The Jean Baudrillard Reader. His book We Have Never Been Postmodern: Theory at the Speed of Light was nominated for the American Comparative Literature Association Rene Wellek Prize. Steve edits the Subcultural Style book series for Bloomsbury and is a reviewer for the Times Higher Education.He is Associate Editor of CrimeTalk and a member of many journal editorial boards, including CrimeTalk, Sport in Society, International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, fusion, I-M e-journal, and Entertainment and Sports Law Journal

About the Series

Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports