The author locates football culture within the broader context of contemporary societies and social trends. As the game enters the new millennium, football′s global dimensions become increasingly apparent. Players, playing styles and supporter identities all travel beyond nations and continents more and more frequently. Yet major inequalities remain within football′s brave new world: working–class fans are replaced by middle–class consumers; women and non–whites continue to play marginal roles in most football nations; small football clubs and nations lose out to those with larger football markets.
Giulianotti examines systematically football′s key social aspects: the supporter cultures, the development of stadia, the business and television revolution, professional football players and the diversity of playing styles. The book draws upon the author′s research into football cultures in the UK, Europe, and North and South America, and uses a wealth of secondary source material.
This book represents a major contribution to sport and cultural studies, as well as to the social analysis of football.
1. The Essence of Football: the historical and social bases of the global game.
2. The Twentieth–century Sport: football, class and nation.
3. Spectator Cultures: passion at play in Europe and Latin America.
4. Football Grounds: emotional attachments and social control.
5. The Price of Victory: football finance and the television revolution.
6. Football′s Players: from local heroes to international stars.
7. The Goal of Winning? football, science, tactics and aesthetics.
8. The Cultural Politics of Play: ethnicity, gender and the ′post–fan′ mentality.