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Critical Research in Football

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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.

  • Fan Activism, Protest and Politics

    Ultras in Post-Socialist Croatia, 1st Edition

    By Andrew Hodges

    In what sense can organized football fans be understood as political actors or participants in social movements? How do fan struggles link to wider social and political transformations? And what methodological dilemmas arise when researching fan activism? Fan Activism, Protest and Politics seeks…

    Paperback – 2020-05-01 
    Routledge
    Critical Research in Football

  • Politics, Ideology and Football Fandom

    The Transformation of Modern Poland, 1st Edition

    By Radosław Kossakowski, Przemysław Nosal, Wojciech Woźniak

    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…

    Hardback – 2020-04-17 
    Routledge
    Critical Research in Football

  • The Development of Women's Soccer

    Legacies, Participation, and Popularity in Germany, 1st Edition

    By Henk Erik Meier

    While women’s soccer has risen in popularity around the world, research reveals persistent gender discrimination and marginalization of girls and women in the sport. Applying policy feedback theory and econometric analysis, this volume explores the lasting impact of different regimes of gender…

    Hardback – 2020-02-18
    Routledge
    Critical Research in Football

  • Football as Medicine

    Prescribing Football for Global Health Promotion, 1st Edition

    Edited by Peter Krustrup, Daniel Parnell

    It is beyond dispute that physical activity is good for us, but what are the benefits, challenges and impacts of sport on health? This is the first book to focus on football in the context of health from individual, public and population-level perspectives. Football as Medicine examines the…

    Hardback – 2019-12-11
    Routledge
    Critical Research in Football

  • African Footballers in Europe

    Migration, Community, and Give Back Behaviours, 1st Edition

    By Ernest Yeboah Acheampong, Malek Bouhaouala, Michel Raspaud

    African Footballers in Europe traces the social and economic evolution of African football and examines the strategies and resources that players mobilise in their migrations, with a particular focus on ‘Give Back Behaviours’ (how players contribute to their countries or communities of origin). It…

    Hardback – 2019-10-15
    Routledge
    Critical Research in Football

  • Football in Fiction

    A History, 1st Edition

    By Lee McGowan

    Football in Fiction represents the most comprehensive historical mapping and analysis of novels related to association football (soccer). It offers a theoretically informed field guide, a scholarly cartography of football fiction’s uncertain – and until now – only partially explored…

    Hardback – 2019-10-15
    Routledge
    Critical Research in Football

  • Football Fandom, Protest and Democracy

    Supporter Activism in Turkey, 1st Edition

    By Dağhan Irak

    Football Fandom, Protest and Democracy offers an in-depth and inside approach to the socio-political history of football in Turkey, where fandom is often revered as part of the national identity, presenting the historical context for football events in the country. Based on original research, the…

    Hardback – 2019-05-02
    Routledge
    Critical Research in Football

  • Football, Fandom and Consumption

    1st Edition

    By Oliver Brooks

    Modern football is an industry and capitalism is its engine. However, this book argues for a more nuanced understanding of contemporary football culture and the (self-)identity of football fans. Drawing on original ethnographic research conducted with fans at all levels, from international to lower…

    Hardback – 2019-02-19
    Routledge
    Critical Research in Football