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Football: A Sociology of the Global Game Paperback – October 25, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0745617695 ISBN-10: 0745617697

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Polity (October 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745617697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745617695
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At last, a real sociology of football which, crucially, examines central elements of the game as well as the cultures and behaviour patterns of its fans. Worldwide in its scope, and both perceptive and provocative in its conclusions, this book will become a key text for academics, students and lay readers who profess a serious interest in understanding why football, above all sports, exercises such a long-standing and tenacious hold on the global sporting imagination."
--John Williams, Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research, University of Leicester


"This book is full of insight, well written and with praiseworthy clarity of ideas. It is an important and synthetic work which covers the social and cultural complexity of football dealing with class, gender, ethnicity, business and nationalism. At the same time the inner meanings, the profound emotional attachments of the supporters, the role of football heroes and the aesthetics of the game are discussed in a fascinating comparative perspective. The comparison of the football world-views in the United Kingdom, Europe, South America and Africa is presented in a masterly way. Giulianotti has produced a pioneering book that surpasses by far previous and partial attempts to discuss the complexity of football."
--Eduardo P. Archetti, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo

"This study brings together more than 600 historical, anthropological, geographic, as well as sociological and theoretical sources, in an integrated analysis of world (association) football, or soccer.With a welcome eclecticism, Giulianotti draws upon Baudrillard, Bourdieu, Bakhtin, Giddens, Foucault, Goffman and Appadurai, among others, to relate to wider sociological debates."
--Alan Tomlinson, University of Brighton, British Journal of Sociology

"Football is a masterly example of soccer as an academic subject. Giulianotti's knowledge of the sport is without question, while his grasp and application of theory is superb. In each subject area Giulianotti applies different theories to provide a detailed understanding of the game and its complexities ... Football is readable, original and its primary focus is the game. Although it has large theoretical content, it is never dry or obtrusive. Giulianotti's pleasing style is crucial in making the book a success, and it should be considered as a seminal text in the field of football academia." (International Sports Studies)

"A comprehensive and studied project that ably expresses the maturity and significance of Giulianotti's work ... One cannot help but be impressed by Football'ssheer substantive range, within which Giulianotti displays an enviable knowledge and command of a myriad of national football cultures." (Soccer and Society)

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"At last, a real sociology of football which, crucially, examines central elements of the game as well as the cultures and behaviour patterns of its fans. Worldwide in its scope, and both perceptive and provocative in its conclusions, this book will become a key text for academics, students and lay readers who profess a serious interest in understanding why football, above all sports, exercises such a long-standing and tenacious hold on the global sporting imagination."
--John Williams, Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research, University of Leicester


"This book is full of insight, well written and with praiseworthy clarity of ideas. It is an important and synthetic work which covers the social and cultural complexity of football dealing with class, gender, ethnicity, business and nationalism. At the same time the inner meanings, the profound emotional attachments of the supporters, the role of football heroes and the aesthetics of the game are discussed in a fascinating comparative perspective. The comparison of the football world-views in the United Kingdom, Europe, South America and Africa is presented in a masterly way. Giulianotti has produced a pioneering book that surpasses by far previous and partial attempts to discuss the complexity of football."
--Eduardo P. Archetti, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo

"This study brings together more than 600 historical, anthropological, geographic, as well as sociological and theoretical sources, in an integrated analysis of world (association) football, or soccer.With a welcome eclecticism, Giulianotti draws upon Baudrillard, Bourdieu, Bakhtin, Giddens, Foucault, Goffman and Appadurai, among others, to relate to wider sociological debates."
--Alan Tomlinson, University of Brighton, British Journal of Sociology

"Football is a masterly example of soccer as an academic subject. Giulianotti's knowledge of the sport is without question, while his grasp and application of theory is superb. In each subject area Giulianotti applies different theories to provide a detailed understanding of the game and its complexities ... Football is readable, original and its primary focus is the game. Although it has large theoretical content, it is never dry or obtrusive. Giulianotti's pleasing style is crucial in making the book a success, and it should be considered as a seminal text in the field of football academia." (International Sports Studies)

"A comprehensive and studied project that ably expresses the maturity and significance of Giulianotti's work ... One cannot help but be impressed by Football'ssheer substantive range, within which Giulianotti displays an enviable knowledge and command of a myriad of national football cultures." (Soccer and Society) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Albin TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 9, 2001
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This is an attempt to analyze football using sociological formalism. While written with serious intent, this book is a complete failure. The use of stilted sociological jargon and pseudoconcepts does nothing to enhance understanding of football as a social phenomenon or to enhance enjoyment of the game. Football might be an interesting entry point into the social life of socities that especially prize football, but this book does not say anything interesting about this aspect of sport and social life.
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