New Ethnographies of Football in Europe: People, Passions, by Alexandra Schwell, Micha? Buchowski, Malgorzata Kowalska,

By Alexandra Schwell, Micha? Buchowski, Malgorzata Kowalska, Nina Szogs

Exploring how soccer affects on people's daily lives, this quantity makes use of anthropological examine ways to scrutinize the social fields of soccer enthusiasts and the categorical socio-cultural contexts within which they're embedded, considering tactics of Europeanization, globalization, commercialization and migration.

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Writing to his friend, Sir Roy Welensky, then Prime Minister of the ill-fated Central African Federation, in what might be conceived as the heyday of the Department, he notes, ‘As I look out of the window I see the crocuses in full bloom. Of course, for all of us in Manchester the last month has been a very sad one with the air crash involving our great football team. The whole of the family, including Mary, are great fans of this side, and about half of our Department go with us every week to watch them play.

Prior to this, British intellectuals did not admit to such ‘trivial and common interests’. But Gluckman went further. In a weekly broadcast stretching over nine weeks dealing with the anthropology of contemporary Britain, at least two of his talks were devoted to football. The first, on village football, was based on Frankenberg’s Welsh research and showed how the football team symbolised the feelings of identity and community of the village, despite major divisions in the village, but at the same time contained within it the seeds for conflict.

According to Eduardo P. Archetti (1999: pp. 94–96), it seems that Brazilian scholars were among the first to cast their anthropological eye on football. Already in the 1960s, Mário Rodrigues Filho (1964) published a book on black players and racism in Brazilian football. This line of social inquiry was continued, for instance, by Anatol Rosenfeld (1992) and J. Sérgio Leite Lopes (1997). But it was Roberto DaMatta (1982), formerly an expert on Amazonian Indians, who opened the doors for fully fledged anthropological studies on football in Brazil.

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