Football and Community in the Global Context

Football and Community in the Global Context : Studies in Theory and Practice

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Football clubs across the world continue to embody many of the collective symbols, identifications and processes of connectivity which have long been associated with the notion of `community'. In recent years, however, the very term `community' has become the focus of renewed interest within popular discourse and amongst academics, politicians and policy makers. It has become something of a `buzz' word, wheeled out as both a lament to more certain times and as an appeal to a better future: a term imbued with all the richness associated with human interaction.
`Community' has also been employed increasingly within football, for instrumental reasons concerned with policy and stadium redevelopment, and in broader rhetoric about clubs, their localities and fans.

This book brings together a range of key debates around contemporary understandings of `community' in world football. Split into four sections, it considers

political and theoretical debates around football and its connection with community;
different national and ethnic football communities;
instrumental uses of football to bridge gaps within and between groups;
future directions in the football and community debate.

This book was published as a special issue of Soccer & Society.
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Product details

  • Paperback
  • 191 x 248mm | 295g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138883522
  • 9781138883529

Table of contents

1 Introduction: football and community - practical and theoretical considerations Adam Brown, Tim Crabbe and Gavin Mellor

Politics, theory and practice

2 'The Janus-faced sport': English football, community and the legacy of the 'third way' Gavin Mellor

3 Contemporary community theory and football Tony Blackshaw

4 'Our club, our rules': fan communities at FC United of Manchester Adam Brown

Nations and ethnicities

5 Football, komyuniti and the Japanese ideological soccer apparatus John Horne and Wolfram Manzenreiter

6 'The nation and its fragments': football and community in India Kausik Bandyopadhyay

7 Coming in from the margins: ethnicity, community support and the rebranding of Australian soccer James Skinner, Dwight H. Zakus and Allan Edwards

Community and the instrumental use of football

8 Anyone for Football for Peace? The challenges of using sport in the service of co-existence in Israel John Sugden

9 Vamos, Vamos Aceirteros: soccer and the Latino community in Richmond, California Ilann S. Messeri

Postmodern community and future directions

10 Fishing for community: England fans at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Tim Crabbe
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About Adam Brown

Dr Adam Brown, Professor Tim Crabbe and Dr Gavin Mellor are Directors and founder members of Substance, a UK-based social research company specialising in areas of sport, youth inclusion and community regeneration.
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