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Fanaticism in association football fandom is being witnessed these days in the wake of Maradona’s passing. Another expression is also the subject of Ultras: The passion and performance of contemporary football fandom by Mark Doidge, Radosław Kossakowski & Svenja Mintert (Manchester University Press). Our reviewer is Lise Joern, well versed in the world of football fandom, fanatic or not, and she really appreciates this sociological study and its novel theoretical approaches.
Brandi Watkins’ Sport Teams, Fans, and Twitter: The Influence of Social Media on Relationships and Branding (Lexington Books) provides an in-depth examination of the use of Twitter as an effective tool to enhance and maintain the fan–team relationship. In her review, Lise Joern finds much to substantiate this claim; however, the pitfalls of social media marketing is not sufficiently scrutinized.
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 a.k.a (association) 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. Soccer & Society is the first international journal devoted to the game of soccer, aims to focus on the game in the context of a more global world.
The future of football? Thought-provoking anthology about football fandom in the age of digitalization
In a new anthology from Routledge, Digital Football Cultures: Fandom, Identities and Resistance edited by Stefan Lawrence & Garry Crawford, a number of football scholars look at the digitalized future of the beautiful game. Our reviewer is Lise Joern, and she found interesting and critical insights to appreciate. She concludes, however, that technological development notwithstanding, much remains the same and is merely old wine in new bottles.
In her second contribution to the Football Research in an Enlarged Europe book series, Football Fandom and Migration: An Ethnography of Transnational Practices and Narratives in Vienna and Istanbul (Palgrave Macmillan), ethnologist Nina Szogs widens our understanding of transnational football fandom, according to our review, Lise Joern.
Lise Joern reviews a collected volume from the impressive “Football Research in an Enlarged Europe” series at Palgrave Macmillan, Female Football Players and Fans: Intruding into a Man’s World, edited by Gertrud Pfister and Stacey Pope. She appreciates the book and its contributions but ends on a note of pessimism about the situation for women’s football and its fans.
Focussing on supporter activism and cooperation, Christian Brandt, Fabian Hertel and Sean Huddleston have gathered contributions for their edited volume Football Fans, Rivalry and Cooperation (Routledge). It represents a refreshing approach to the phenomenon of football fandom, according to Lise Joern, and a welcome addition to the literature in this field.
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