New Ethnographies of Football in Europe

People, Passions, Politics

  • Alexandra Schwell
  • Nina Szogs
  • Małgorzata Z. Kowalska
  • Michał Buchowski

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Introduction

    1. Michał Buchowski, Małgorzata Z. Kowalska, Alexandra Schwell, Nina Szogs
      Pages 1-17
  3. Beginnings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Robert Gordon, Marizanne Grundlingh
      Pages 21-36
  4. The Political Field

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Hani Zubida
      Pages 75-96
  5. Agency

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Daniel Regev, Tamar Rapoport
      Pages 138-158
  6. Embodiment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
  7. Mobility and Transnationalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Alexandra Schwell, Nina Szogs, Małgorzata Z. Kowalska, Michał Buchowski
      Pages 228-234
  8. Afterword

    1. Simon Kuper
      Pages 235-237
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 238-241

About this book


Football has emerged as an important symbolic field through which various social, cultural, political, economic, and historical dimensions and antagonisms are negotiated. This volume covers a variety of themes illuminating the multiple ways that football impacts on people's everyday lives. Using anthropological research methods and data collected from ethnographic fieldwork, the contributors scrutinize not only the social fields of football fans and the specific socio-cultural contexts in which they are embedded, but also other actors beyond the pitch, and the possibilities for both agency and subversion. Taking into account processes of Europeanization, globalization, commercialization and migration, the collection offers fresh insights into fan identity formations and practices and highlights the importance of anthropology's self-reflexive and actor-centred perspective.


Europe Euro 2012 Football Ethnography anthropology community ethnography globalization identity Integration methods migration mobility Nation national identity nationalism politics Ritual Transnational

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexandra Schwell
    • 1
  • Nina Szogs
    • 1
  • Małgorzata Z. Kowalska
    • 2
  • Michał Buchowski
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ViennaAustria
  2. 2.Adam Mickiewicz UniversityPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-56769-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-51698-5
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