Introduction : football and community – practical and theoretical considerations

BROWN, Adam, CRABBE, Tim and MELLOR, Gavin (2008). Introduction : football and community – practical and theoretical considerations. Soccer and Society, 9 (3), 303-312.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14660970802008934
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Abstract

From introduction - During the past 15 years, interest in association football across many areas of the world has risen to a new level. This is manifest in the blanket media coverage that seemingly accompanies every aspect of the elite levels of the game, the increased attendances which have been enjoyed in many countries, and the ritualised identifications with football that have come to permeate wider contemporary social formations. Professional football clubs have been regarded as sites for the expression of common identity for much of the game’s history, and it could be argued that recent developments in and around football have seen this process emphasized with renewed vigour. Football clubs now, as much as ever, embody many of the collective symbols, identifications and processes of connectivity which have long been associated with the notion of ‘community’.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sport Industry Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1080/14660970802008934
Depositing User: Rebecca Jones
Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 09:53
Last Modified: 22 May 2012 09:53
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5101

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