Modern football is an industry and capitalism is its engine. However, this book argues for a more nuanced understanding of contemporary football culture and the (self-)identity of football fans.
Drawing on original ethnographic research conducted with fans at all levels, from international to lower league, the book explores the tensions between fans as consumers and 'traditional' football cultures, arguing that modern football fans are able to negotiate the discourses of capitalism and tradition operating upon them to enact their own power and identity within football culture.
Featuring case studies of Norwich City, MK Dons and Chelsea fans, this is fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in sport and society or cultural studies.
Oliver Brooks is Tutor in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK.
1. Introduction: #Youarefootball
2. The People's Game?
3. Changing Formation
4. Norwich City: 'The Best Pies in the League'
5. MK Dons: Fear and Loathing in Milton Keynes
6. Chelsea: 'Champions of Europe'
7. 'IN-GER-LAND': Ethnography in the Virtual Terrace
8. Conclusion: They think It's All Over