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Description - Football and Community in the Global Context by Adam Brown

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 `community'. In recent years, however, the very term `community' has become the focus of renewed interest within popular discourse and amongst academics, politicians and policy makers. It has become something of a `buzz' 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. `Community' 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 `community' 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 & Society.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415448161
ISBN-10: 0415448166
Format: Hardback
(248mm x 171mm x mm)
Pages: 145
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Adam Brown

Substance, UK Sheffield Hallam University, UK Formerly at the University of Strathclyde, UK La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia Pennsylvania State University, USA

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