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Football Fandom and Migration

An Ethnography of Transnational Practices and Narratives in Vienna and Istanbul


Part of the Football Research in an Enlarged Europe book series (FREE)

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About this book


This book studies how transnationalisation, Europeanisation and migration processes intersect with football fandom, through an analysis of the transnational narratives and practices of Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray football fans in Vienna, Austria. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Austria, Turkey and Germany, the author analyses the ways in which narratives about football fandom are often linked to migrant experiences, including practices of (self‑)culturalization in the diasporic context in Austria. The book shows how constructed ethnicities and also masculinities and femininities meet in football fan performances and in the construction of what makes a “proper” football fan. Turkish football fandom is a field where powerful prejudices and stereotypes amalgamate and interact. This study enables the reader to look into migration processes and discussions about related topics from a different angle: the love of a football club.

Football Fandom and Migration 


Diaspora Europeanisation Nationalisation Self culturalisation Turkey Austria Fan culture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ViennaAustria

About the authors

Nina Szogs is a researcher at University of Vienna, Austria and Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany and is part of the interdisciplinary European project FREE: Football Research in an Enlarged Europe (FP7). Her research focuses on intersectionality, gender and migration. She is co-editor of New Ethnographies of Football in Europe (Palgrave, 2016). 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Football Fandom and Migration
  • Book Subtitle An Ethnography of Transnational Practices and Narratives in Vienna and Istanbul
  • Authors Nina Szogs
  • Series Title Football Research in an Enlarged Europe
  • Series Abbreviated Title Football Research in an Enlarged Europe
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-50943-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-84528-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-50944-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 200
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Sport and Leisure
    Social Anthropology
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“The book is an important contribution to our ethnographic knowledge of the social dimensions of non-local football fandom and the role of fan practices in diaspora communities. … This book is engaging reading for any student or scholar with an interest in football fandom, migration and transnationalism.” (, February, 2019)