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Football Research in an Enlarged Europe

Football and Supporter Activism in Europe

Whose Game Is It?

Editors: García, Borja, Zheng, Jinming (Eds.)

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  • Analyses the convergence and differences between fan culture and representation in a variety of European countries
  • Considers football supporters  as something more and other than hooligans or consumers
  • Presents the most up-to-date empirical research in the nascent phenomenon of supporters’ activism in Europe
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About this book

This book is the first to explore and compare football governance, fandom culture and supporter engagement in Europe. With a specific focus on supporter activism and campaigning, the collection provides a comparative study of several European countries. The authors argue that supporters, despite being the pillar or the ‘lifeblood’ of their club, see their role in football governance marginalised. The volume is unique in that it challenges the widely accepted assumption that membership football clubs encourage the democratic participation of supporters.

Covering football fandom in both the traditional ‘big five’ leagues and non-‘big five’ countries such as Portugal, Turkey, Croatia, Poland and Czech Republic, the volume will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including sociology, history, sport management, sport governance and political science.

About the authors

Borja García is Senior Lecturer in Sport Management and Policy at Loughborough University, UK. He is an internationally renowned expert in the study of the European Union sport policy, the governance of football and the political activism of football supporters. He is one of the founders of the Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union. He was one of the leaders of the ground-breaking FREE Project.

Jinming Zheng is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Sport and Recreation Studies, Department of Physical Education, Hong Kong Baptist University and he has published widely on a variety of topics relating to sport. 

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    García, Borja (et al.)

    Pages 1-5

  • The Great Transformation of the English Game: Karl Polanyi and the Double Movement ‘Against Modern Football’

    Webber, David M.

    Pages 9-26

  • ‘I Love Going to Watch Norwich’: The Experiences of a Transgender Football Fan

    Caudwell, Jayne

    Pages 27-44

  • The Italian Ultras: From Local Divisions to National Co-operation

    Doidge, Mark

    Pages 45-64

  • Football Supporters’ Trusts in Italy: A Horizontal Survey and the Case of Sambenedettese

    Croci, Osvaldo

    Pages 65-88

Buy this book

eBook £71.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-48734-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £89.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-48733-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Football and Supporter Activism in Europe
Book Subtitle
Whose Game Is It?
Editors
  • Borja García
  • Jinming Zheng
Series Title
Football Research in an Enlarged Europe
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-48734-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-48734-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-48733-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 296
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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