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Football, the most popular mass spectator sport in the world, has become a major social phenomenon since the late nineteenth century. Through the social prism of soccer, scholars across the world have tended to understand various aspects of life. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: FOOTBALL AND THE AUTHORITARIAN REGIME IN IRAN by Christian Bromberger.
Gezi Park protests and the role of football fans: Long historic preamble, less contemporary comparisons
The Taksim Gezi Park protests, originally against a municipal decision to build a shopping mall in the park, evolved into angry and violent anti-government demonstrations. Dağhan Irak’s book Football Fandom, Protest and Democracy: Supporter Activism in Turkey (Routledge) examines the role of football fans in the pro-democracy Gezi protests of 2013. Lise Joern thinks there is too much Turkish football history and to little supporter activism.
Soccer & Society, Volume 19, 2018, Issue 3 | Fan Protest and Activism: Football from Below in South-Eastern Europe
Soccer and Society is the first international journal devoted to the world’s most popular game. It covers all aspects of soccer globally from anthropological, cultural, economic, historical, political and sociological perspectives.q