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.
1. Editors' Introduction: People, Passions and Much More: Anthropology of Football; Micha? Buchowski, Ma?gorzata Z. Kowalska, Alexandra Schwell and Nina Szogs
PART I: BEGINNINGS
2. Going for the Reds: Max Gluckman and the Anthropology of Football; Robert Gordon and Marizanne Grundlingh
PART II: THE POLITICAL FIELD
3. Normalising Political Relations through Football: the Case of Croatia and Serbia (1990-2013); Ivan ?or?evi? and Bojan Ziki?
4. The Paradoxes of Politicization: Fan Initiatives in Zagreb, Croatia; Andrew Hodges and Paul Stubbs
5. We Are One! Or Are We? Football Fandom and Ethno-National Identity in Israel; Hani Zubida
PART III: AGENCY
6. Hegemony in Question? Euro 2012 and Local Politics in the City of Pozna?; Ma?gorzata Zofia Kowalska
7. Travelling European Gay Footballers. Tournaments as an Integration Ritual; Stefan Heissenberger
8. To Pass And Not To Pass Female Fans' Visibility in the Football Fandom Field; Daniel Regev, Tamar Rapoport
PART IV: EMBODIMENT
9. Being a Football Kid. Football as a Mediatized Play Practice; Stine Liv Johansen
10. Why we wear it: The football shirt as a badge of identity; Viola Hofmann
PART V: MOBILITY AND TRANSNATIONALISM
11. Performing Loyalties/Rivalries. Galatasaray and Fenerbah‡e Fans in Vienna; Nina Szogs
12. Building a Turkish Fan Community: Facebook, Schengen and Easyjet; John McManus
13. Editors' Conclusion: People, Passions - but what about Politics?; Micha? Buchowski, Ma?gorzata Z. Kowalska, Alexandra Schwell and Nina Szogs
14. Afterword; Simon Kuper
Since its invention in the nineteenth century, football has emerged as one of the most spectacular total social facts of the modern world, in which politics, economics, religion, and flesh and blood become inextricably entangle. With rich ethnography, analytic subtlety and theoretical sophistication, the contributors to this collection explore how football unites and divides, inspires great deeds and brings out the worst in people, and encapsulates all the complexities of life in the contemporary moment. This book is sure to inspire future generations of sport scholars.' - Niko Besnier, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, and co-author of The Anthropology of Sport
'The in-depth analyses that make up this book go beyond classic themes, such as the link between football and nationalism, in dealing with innovative topics: female football fans, socialisation of children into football, gay football teams and transnational football club supporters. The diversity of both the fieldwork and the theoretical reflections enhance the richness of this volume and makes it an important contribution to the anthropology of football.'
Christian Bromberger, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Aix-Marseille University, France
Alexandra Schwell is an Assistant Professor at the Department of European Ethnology, University of Vienna, Austria. She is part of the FREE project consortium and is sub-project leader for 'Doing World Heritage', funded within the Sparkling Science Programme of the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research, and Economy.
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. Ma?gorzata Kowalska is a Researcher at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland. As part of the Football Research in an Enlarged Europe project, she conducted ethnographic research on the legacy of Euro 2012 and her research interests include hegemonic business discourses and strategies, and the anthropology of political economies.
Michal Buchowski is a Professor and Chair of Social Anthropology at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland and at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/O, Germany. His interests focus on the anthropology of postsocialism, migration, multiculturalism, and football and his publications include Polish Ethnology (2012) and a co-edited volume entitled Colloquia Anthropologica (2014).