Football and Community in the Global Context

Football and Community in the Global Context

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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 a€˜communitya€™. In recent years, however, the very term a€˜communitya€™ has become the focus of renewed interest within popular discourse and amongst academics, politicians and policy makers. It has become something of a a€˜buzza€™ 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. a€˜Communitya€™ 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 a€˜communitya€™ in world football. Split into four sections, it considers political and theoretical debates around football and its connection with community; different national and ethnic football communities; instrumental uses of football to bridge gaps within and between groups; future directions in the football and community debate. This book was published as a special issue of Soccer a Society.In the first of three essays Gavin Mellor provides a critique of English footballa#39;s attempt to reconcile the exclusionary ... to yet another media persuasion or spectacular manipulation strategy a€“ would be best advised to recognize its limitationsa#39;.

Title:Football and Community in the Global Context
Author:Adam Brown, Tim Crabbe, Gavin Mellor
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-10-31


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