Football Comes Home

Football Comes Home : Symbolic Identities in European Football

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Football Comes Home unearths the cultural, political, and social properties of European football clubs and associations. Christos Kassimeris examines the background of five hundred football clubs and associations from around Europe, providing all the relevant historical information that concerns their origins and standing in society. This book also analyzes the clubs' and associations' emblems, revealing the symbolic significance and a wealth of historical and cultural information.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739146769
  • 9780739146767
  • 2,280,250

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Football semeiosis Chapter 3: The origins of football Chapter 4: Herald the ambassador Chapter 5: More than a club Chapter 6: Social status and religion Chapter 7: Nationalizing football Chapter 8: Conclusion 9 Selected Bibliography 10 Index 11 About the Author
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Cultural Studies has long been criticized for neglecting sport. Football Comes Home distinctly addresses this oversight. Based in semiotic analysis it provides an original survey of European football insignia and in so doing offers an insightful symbolic history, giving view to the deep structures of identity that are not revealed by more standard forms of social research. For academics, students and even the general reader interested in the cultural significance of football, this is an essential book. -- John Hughson, International Football Institute, University of Central Lancashire, UK Football Comes Home is an interesting and original attempt to examine the symbolism of football clubs, focusing specifically on the origins and, to a lesser degree, the evolution of club badges. This book uses the club badge or emblem as a way into a much broader analysis of the changing historical and cultural identities of European football. All this adds up to what is, to my knowledge, the most detailed and thorough examination of the symbols associated with football clubs ever conducted. -- Matthew Taylor, De Montfort University It is rare that a book combines intellectual rigor with popular cultural study to such a degree. There have been lots of good academic books on European football as popular culture over the years - many of which appear in the bibliography to this book. There have also been plenty of publications which explore the vagaries of semiotics and sport and media cultures. To marry the two, as Christos Kassimeris does in this excellent book, is a real achievement. Highly recommended. -- Steve Redhead, Chelsea School at the University of Brighton
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About Christos Kassimeris

Christos Kassimeris is chairman of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and European studies coordinator at European University Cyprus. He is author ofEuropean Football in Black and White: Tackling Racism in Football.
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