Football Supporters and the Commercialisation of Football (Paperback)

Comparative Responses across Europe

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9781138058170
Department
Books
Released
1 Oct 2017
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Peter Kennedy (Editor)
David Kennedy (Editor)
David, Jr. Kennedy (Editor)
Subtitle
Comparative Responses Across Europe
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Taylor & Francis Ltd
Series
Sport in the Global Society - Contemporary Perspectives
Language
English
Number of Pages
152
Dimensions
246 x 174 x 174mm (281g)

Summary

As football clubs have become luxury investments, their decisions increasingly mirror those of any other business organisation. Football supporters have been encouraged to express their club loyalty by ‘thinking business’ - acting as consumers and generating money deemed necessary for their clubs to compete at the highest levels. In critical studies, supporters have been portrayed as passive or reluctant consumers who, imprisoned by enduring club loyalties, embody a fatalistic attitude to their own exploitation. As this book aims to show, however, such expressions of loyalty are far from hegemonic and often interface haphazardly with traditional ideas about what constitutes the ‘loyal fan’. While there is little doubt that professional football is experiencing commodification, the reality is that football clubs are not simply businesses, nor can they ever aspire to be organisations driven solely by expanding or protecting economic value. Rather, clubs hover uncertainly between being businesses and community assets.

Football Supporters and the Commercialisation of Football

explores the implications of this uncertainty for understanding supporter resistance to, and compromise with, commodification. Every club and its supporters exist in their own unique national and local contexts. In this respect, this book offers a Euro-wide comparison of supporter reactions to commercialisation and provides unique insight into how football supporters actively mediate regional, local and national contexts, as they intersect with the universalistic presumptions of commerce.

This book was previously published as a special issue of Soccer and Society.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Sports
BISAC Subject 1
Social Science / Social Classes
BISAC Subject 2
Sports & Recreation / Football
BISAC Subject 3
Sports & Recreation / Business Aspects
BISAC Subject 4
Political Science / Economic Conditions
BIC Classification 1
Social classes
BIC Classification 2
Business & management
BIC Classification 3
Football (Soccer, Association football)
Dewey Classification
796.334094
Readership
Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly

Author Bio

Peter Kennedy lectures in the Sociology of sport and health at Glasgow Caledonian University. His most recent published work is in applying sociological theories to understanding health and medicine and football supporter responses to commercialisation.



David Kennedy is Visiting Lecturer and Researcher at Glasgow Caledonian University. His most recent published work is in the area of football supporters and governance of professional football clubs.