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Contestations over risk expertise, definitions and insecurities: The case of European football

Ludvigsen, J (2024) Contestations over risk expertise, definitions and insecurities: The case of European football. Current Sociology. pp. 1-19. ISSN 0011-3921

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This article advances sociological debates which, since the 1990s, have proliferated over the nature of ‘risk’ and ‘insecurity’ in modern societies. Central here is Ulrich Beck’s work, dealing with questions regarding which expert systems and institutions possess the ability to define what constitutes a risk or not. For Beck, hegemonic relations of definitions are central in the identification and construction of risk. However, risks are contested by wider publics, sub-political groups and movements. Notwithstanding, existing literature predominantly explores these contestations through techno-scientific contexts. Through a case-study of European men’s football (1985–2023), this article extends Beck’s work into the field of sport, by examining how supporter movements have contested expert claims on risk, insecurity and its management in leisure and sporting cultures. The article argues that reflexive cultures of contestation have matured and enabled a small section of ‘recognized’ supporters to become ‘counter-experts’, thereby blurring the expert/public distinction within Beck’s theories. It thus contributes to sociological debates on risk and citizen-expert contestations in contemporary social contexts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1608 Sociology; Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: SAGE Publications
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2024 16:24
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2024 16:30
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/00113921241232413
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22679
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