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Politics, Ideology and Football Fandom

The Transformation of Modern Poland, 1st Edition

By Radoslaw Kossakowski, Przemyslaw Nosal, Wojciech Wozniak


264 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Football fans and football culture represent a unique prism through which to view contemporary society and politics. Based on in-depth empirical research into football in Poland, this book examines how fans develop political identities and how those identities can influence the wider political culture.

It surveys the turbulent history of Poland in recent decades and explores the dominant right-wing ideology on the terraces, characterised by nationalism, ‘traditional’ values and anti-immigrant sentiment. As one of the first book-length studies of fandom in Eastern Europe, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of society and politics in post-Communist states.

Politics, Ideology and Football Fandom is an important read for students and researchers studying sport, politics and identity, as well as those working in sports studies and political studies covering sociology of sport, globalisation studies, East European politics, ethnic studies, social movements studies, political history and nationalism studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction.
  2. Football fans and their political engagement in Central and Eastern Europe.
  3. Socio-economic and political transformation of Poland since the collapse of communism.
  4. Football fandom in Poland in a historical perspective.
  5. The pathological 1990s.
  6. Polish political elites versus football fandom.
  7. Contemporary Polish fandom and its civic, social and political engagement.
  8. Ideology on Polish terraces.
  9. Polish national team supporters.
  10. Fans and politics: towards a typology. Conclusions.

About the Authors

Radoslaw Kossakowski is Professor of sociology and Chair of the Scientific Council of Sociology at the University of Gdansk, Poland, where he is also Director of the Institute of Sociology.

Przemyslaw Nosal is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Sociology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland.

Wojciech Wozniak is a Sociologist in the Department of Sociology of Social Structure and Social Change at the Faculty of Economics and Sociology, University of Lódz, Poland. He is also Chair of the Sociology of Sport Section in the Polish Sociological Association.

About the Series

Critical Research in Football

The Critical Research in Football book series was launched in 2017 to showcase the inter- and multi-disciplinary breadth of debate relating to 'football'. The series defines 'football' as broader than association football, with research on rugby, Gaelic and gridiron codes also featured. Including monographs, edited collections, short books and textbooks, books in the series are written and/or edited by leading experts in the field whilst consciously also affording space to emerging voices in the area, and are designed to appeal to students, postgraduate students and scholars who are interested in the range of disciplines in which critical research in football connects. The series is published in association with the Football Collective, www.footballcollective.org.uk.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports