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Introduction

  • Chris PorterEmail author
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Part of the Football Research in an Enlarged Europe book series (FREE)

Abstract

This introductory chapter sets the context of football fandom as a rich, contested sphere of cultural identity and conflict, in which the fans’ relationship to the object of that fandom, ‘their’ football club, has become more open to cultural and politicised debate in recent years. This is largely due, in the English context, to significant structural transformations in the national game that have disrupted some of the familiarities and sensibilities upon which football fandom has traditionally rested. As well as outlining the scope, methods and terms of reference for the book, the chapter also begins an exploration of its conceptual focus, taking in globalisation, commodification, locality, tradition, reflexivity, ideology, hegemony and neoliberalism, nodding towards a core thread of argument that a serious understanding of football, fandom, culture and power cannot emerge without accounting for the broader social, political and economic processes within which football exists.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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