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Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics

Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics

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By (author) Gabriel Kuhn

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  • Publisher: PM Press
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 18mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 21 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oakland
  • ISBN 10: 1604860537
  • ISBN 13: 9781604860535
  • Illustrations note: b/w photos
  • Sales rank: 139,062

Product description

Citing the professionalism and commercialization that dominate the multibillion-dollar soccer industry, this fascinating study also describes the game's rebellious side--from its working-class roots and political protests from fans and players to the current resurgence within radical communities. Documenting a complete history of the sport, this perceptive work also reflects on common criticisms, including the ways that soccer ferments nationalism, serves right-wing powers, and fosters competitiveness. Acknowledging these concerns, alternative perspectives on the game and practical examples of how to achieve egalitarian matches are explored. Serving as both as an orientation for the politically conscious football supporter and as an inspiration for those who try to pursue the love of the game away from television sets and big stadiums, this thoughtful examination reclaims the notion of soccer as "the people's game."

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Author information

Gabriel Kuhn was one of Austria's youngest semiprofessional soccer players in the 1980s and is the founder of the Alpine Anarchist Productions publishing company. He is the author of "Life Under the Jolly Roger," the editor of "Living for the Revolution," and the editor/translator of "Gustav Landauer: Revolution and Other Writings."

Review quote

"Kuhn knows soccer and is a fan of the game. His book will help you understand why soccer is and can be more than simply a corporate spectacle." --www.SocialistWorker.org (October, 2011)