Analyzing football as a cultural practice, this book investigates the connection between the sport and its built environment. Four thematic sections bring together an international multi-disciplinary range of perspectives with particular focus on the stadium.
Examples from architectural design, media studies and archaeology are used while studying advertising, economics, migration, fandom, local identities, emotions, gender, and the sociology of space. Texts and case-studies build up this useful book for lecturers and researchers in sociology, cultural studies, geography, architecture, sport and environment.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Football, Space and the Built Environment Sybille Frank & Silke Steets Part 1: The Politics of Representation and Design 1. The New European Stadium Anthony King 2. "Show Yourself to the People!: Ancient Stadia, Politics and Society Bettina Kratzmüller 3. Challenging the Stadium: Watching Sport Events in Public Hans-Jürgen Schulke Part 2: Architecture and Media 4. The Stadium as a Cash Machine Michael Zinganel 5. The Mirror Stage in the Stadium: Media Spaces of Television and Architecture Angelika Schnell 6. Killing Sports Fields: The Amahora Stadium Complex in Kigali, Rwanda Bruno Arich-Gerz Part 3: When Global Flows Meet Local Cultures 7. Global Players and the Stadium: Migration and Borders in Professional Football Christian Banse 8. Going to the Match: The Transformation of the Match-day Routine at Manchester City FC Tim Edensor and Steve Millington 9. "Come Home": The Stadium, Locality and the Community at FC United of Manchester Adam Brown Part 4: Gender and Space 10. Sport, Football and Masculine Identity: The Stadium as a Window onto Gender Construction Christian Bromberger 11. Producting Gender-normative Spaces in U.S. Women's Professional Soccer Tiffany Muller Myrdahl 12. Football Under Cover in Tehran's Ararat Stadium Corinna Assmann and Silke Gülker Part 5: Emotions and the Body 13. Emotions in Sports Stadia Mike S. Schäfer & Jochen Roose 14. Heroes, Myths and Magic Moments: Religious Elements on the Sacred Ground Gunter Gebauer 15. ‘Beckhamania’: Promoting Post-modern Celebrities Beyond the Stadium Johannes John 16. Conclusion: The Stadium – Lense and Refuge Sybille Frank and Silke Steets
Sybille Frank and Silke Steets are sociologists working at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
"Through a wonderfully eclectic collection of essays, the stadium and its meanings, influences and resonances are the central subject of this carefully considered and well thought book." – Geografiska Annaler