1st Edition

Football and Popular Culture
Singing Out from the Stands

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ISBN 9780367433505
May 17, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Football is ubiquitous and a permanent fixture of modern life. More than a sport, it frequently manifests in broader popular culture. This book examines the significance of football for, and in, popular culture across a wide range of forms, including music, film and social media.


Football and Popular Culture plots a new path in Football Studies, drawing on original research in countries including England, Brazil, Germany, Canada and Yugoslavia. The book includes both historical and contemporary perspectives, exploring some of the most important themes in the study of sport and culture, including identity, nationalism, fandom and protest. It presents diverse case studies ranging from sonic violence among Brazilian torcidas organizadas to fan-led commemoration of the Munich air disaster, which together help us to better understand the intersection of sport, society and popular culture.


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

Table of Contents

Introduction: Football and Popular Culture

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


Part I: Sound and Violence in Football Culture


1          Kicking Metaphors of the Body Around in the Mediation of Self and Other: Conceptual Metaphor in the Multimodal Construction of Football Songs and Chants

            Simon McKerrell


2          ‘You Call This Democracy?’: FC Saint Pauli Supporters, Football Chants, and the Police

            Max Jack


3          Sound, Violence and Gender Performances in Brazilian Football

            Pedro Silva Marra


4          Capital Culture, Political Performance: Listening to Football in Ottawa 2014-2016

            Jordan Zalis


Part II: Football and Screen


5          Kicking, Not Screaming: An Examination of Football (Soccer) and Female Footballers in Australian Screen-Based Narratives

            Freya Wright-Brough and Lee McGowan


6          European Cinema and the Football Film: ‘Play for the People Who’ve Accepted You’

            Seán Crosson


7          Football, Fantasy, Film: Cinema and the Cultural Politics of Fans’ Imaginative Investments in Football Stars

            Marcus Free


Part III: Football and/as Cultural Identity


8          Yugoslav Football and British Popular Culture 1975-1991: From Petar Borota to ‘Sexton’s Lions’?

            Dejan Zec and Miloš Paunović


9          Unwrapped: Football Fans and The Anfield Wrap

            Ciarán Ryan


10        The Resuscitation of a Babe: Interrogating the Fan-led Virtual Dedicatory Practices of Duncan Edwards

            Gayle Rogers


11        ‘What’s He Know about the Premier League?’: Football Media and the Perpetuated Archetypes of ‘Englishness’

            Jonathan Cable

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Stephen R. Millar is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Ethnomusicology at Cardiff University, UK.

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

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

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

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