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Generations, events, and social movement legacies: Unpacking social change in English football (1980-2023)

Turner, M and Ludvigsen, J (2023) Generations, events, and social movement legacies: Unpacking social change in English football (1980-2023). British Journal of Sociology, 75 (1). pp. 93-107. ISSN 0007-1315

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This article critically employs the case of association football in England, from 1980 to 2023, as a social movement timescape, to examine the political consciousness and long-term mobilisations of a generation of football supporter activists, and their capacity to influence politics, and respond to new, emerging, critical junctures, through networks of trust and shared memories of historical events. This is of crucial importance to sociology because it reveals the tensions between what are considered legitimate and illegitimate social practices which characterise contemporary society's moral economy. Focusing on temporal contestations over regulation, policing, governance and cultural rituals, the article deconstructs the role of generations in social movements, and critically synthesises relational-temporal sociology and classic and contemporary work on the sociology of generations, to show how legacy operates as a multifaceted maturing concept of power and time. In English football's neoliberal timescape, the supporters' movement has reached a critical juncture; the future will require a new generation of activists, to negotiate, resist and contest the new hegemonic politics of social control and supporter engagement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Sociology; Politics; Social Change; Soccer; England; football fans; generations; relational sociology; social movements; temporality; Humans; Social Change; Soccer; Sociology; England; Politics; 1608 Sociology; Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Wiley
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2024 16:30
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2024 16:30
DOI or ID number: 10.1111/1468-4446.13065
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22680
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