This volume draws together scholarship across a number of disciplines – history, sociology, media and cultural studies, political science, Slavonic studies – to examine the significance of the sport of football within Southeastern Europe, with an especial focus on countries of the former Yugoslavia. The volume is timely as there is growing recognition inside and beyond the academy that football is a key cultural site in which the tensions within the region have been, and continue to be, reflected. Important issues such as resurgent nationalism, ethno/religious identity construction, and collective masculine identity are played out in relation to the sport of football. The papers within the volume explore these and other themes in detailed case studies that will be of interest to academics and policy makers concerned with wanting to know more about how football should be considered within agendas focused on reconciliation and a socially inclusive future.
This book was previously published as a special issue of Sport in Society.
‘The volume provides a thorough, valuable introduction to current issues surrounding football and society and its entanglement with nationalism in countries ravaged by ethnic conflict.’
Michael E Allen (October 2015) Rutgers University for CritCom- Council for European Studies:
'The study of sport in Southeastern Europe and especially in post-Yugoslavia has been revitalised and expanded in recent years by a new cohort of researchers, and Football in Southeastern Europe does an effective job of showcasing how the field is emerging: some of the projects represented in this book have continued since the volume was published and will no doubt lead to books of their own.'
Catherine Baker (2018) JSEE Vol. 42.1.
1. Introduction 2. Fighters, footballers and nation builders: wartime football in the Serb-held territories of the former Yugoslavia, 1991 – 1996 3. Fertile land or mined field? Peace-building and ethnic tensions in post-war Bosnian football 4. ‘A lofty battle for the nation’: the social roles of sport in Tudjman’s Croatia 5. ‘A Croatian champion with a Croatian name’: national identity and uses of history in Croatian football culture – the case of Dinamo Zagreb 6. Football matches or power struggles? The Albanian case within historical conflicts and contemporary tensions 7. Stronger than the state? Football hooliganism, political extremism and the Gay Pride Parades in Serbia 8. Football, hooliganism and nationalism: the reaction to Serbia’s gay parade in reader commentary online 9. Football after Yugoslavia: conflict, reconciliation and the regional football league debate
The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. While this area has been well served by the Sport in the Global Society series, the surge in quality scholarship over the last few years has necessitated the creation of Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives. The series will publish the work of leading scholars in fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, cultural geography and history, political science and political economy. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.