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Kevin Dixon is a senior lecture in sport sociology at Teesside University, UK and his research focuses on the social scientific study of sport. In 2013 Kevin published 'Consuming Football in Late Modern Life' (Routledge) which emphases the seemingly trivial experiences of football fans. This focus is important because cultures are made and remade in the triviality of daily life and consequently, by merging the sociology of consumption and the sociology of sport Consuming Football makes the case for new lines of theoretical enquiry to help explain football fan practice. In 2015 Kevin co-edited 'The Impact of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Diminishing Contrasts, Increasing Varieties' (Palgrave pivot). This book questions the assumed equality, tolerance and unity of London 2012 including perceptions of disability, gender equality and national identities. In 2016 Kevin co-edited the first student textbook connecting sociological study and football, 'Studying Football' (Routledge). This book covers topics such as racism, gender, globalisation, consumption, even fandom. The closing chapter on corruption is the most comprehensive analysis of corruption in football to date, leading readers to ponder why we are endlessly fascinated by the often not-so-beautiful game.