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From Fanzines to Foodbanks: Football fan activism in the age of anti-politics

Fitzpatrick, D and Hoey, PJ (2022) From Fanzines to Foodbanks: Football fan activism in the age of anti-politics. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1012-6902

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This article is concerned with an emerging trend in political participation: the role played by football fans in engendering activism and protest. The role of fan activism in the debate on patterns of civic and political (dis)engagement – in the age of so-called anti-politics – has been ignored by the scholarly literature thus far. As a corrective, this article examines the development of football fan activism over the last thirty years, since the creation of the English Premier League in 1992. It adopts a case study approach centred on supporters’ movements since 1992. It argues that the political activism of football fans has both quantitatively and qualitatively changed over this period. Employing the sociological theory of Manuel Castells it claims that collective identities developed in resistance to the commercialisation and commodification within football have developed into more distinct ‘project identities’ that seek bring about more profound social change through football.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1504 Commercial Services, 1608 Sociology, 2002 Cultural Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2022 15:59
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2022 08:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/10126902221077188
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16478
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