Football and Community in the Global Context: Studies in Theory and Practice
Adam Brown, Tim Crabbe, Gavin Mellor
Routledge, 2009 - Social Science - 141 pages
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
This book was published as a special issue of Soccer & Society.
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