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The definers and standard setters of security: Mapping the security field’s regulators through European football

Ludvigsen, J (2023) The definers and standard setters of security: Mapping the security field’s regulators through European football. World Leisure Journal. pp. 1-18. ISSN 0441-9057

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By drawing upon and attaching a new layer to the “security field” concept, this article examines and conceptualizes European security practices and challenges through the lens of European football. At a critical juncture for security in both Europe and football, this article questions (i) how the supranational regulation informing European football’s security field has evolved since 1985 and (ii) how exactly the security field’s regulators – the Council of Europe, Council of the EU, and UEFA – set the standards for the remainder of the security field. Relatedly, it asks what this tells us about the power to define security. Drawing upon theoretical perspectives located in International Political Sociology, the sociology of leisure and sport, and publicly available documents and conventions, this conceptual article contributes to our understanding of security in Europe. It argues, first, that the security field in European football is indicative of wider security transformations. Second, that the security field’s regulators configure and dictate the wider field and possess the power to standardize security and the prioritization of threats. This remains important because, to fully understand and analytically capture the security field in European football, one must conceptually account for its standard setting organizations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV7231 Criminal Justice Administrations
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2023 10:20
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2023 10:30
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/16078055.2023.2208569
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20068
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