Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics

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PM Press, 15. mar. 2011 - 240 sider
Citing the professionalism and commercialization that dominate the multibillion-dollar soccer industry, this fascinating study also describes the game's rebellious side—from its working-class roots and political protests from fans and players to the current resurgence within radical communities. Documenting a complete history of the sport, this perceptive work also reflects on common criticisms, including the ways that soccer ferments nationalism, serves right-wing powers, and fosters competitiveness. Acknowledging these concerns, alternative perspectives on the game and practical examples of how to achieve egalitarian matches are explored. Serving as both as an orientation for the politically conscious football supporter and as an inspiration for those who try to pursue the love of the game away from television sets and big stadiums, this thoughtful examination reclaims the notion of soccer as “the people’s game.”
 

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Indhold

Foreword by Boff Whalley
7
Introduction
9
Truths and Myths about Football as a WorkingClass Sport
13
Radical Debates on Football
51
Radical Interventions in the Professional Game
105
Alternative Football Culture
183
Conclusion
238
Appendix
239
Notes
251
Images
255
Articles Essays Interviews
258
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Om forfatteren (2011)

Gabriel Kuhn was one of Austria’s youngest semiprofessional soccer players in the 1980s and is the founder of the Alpine Anarchist Productions publishing company. He is the author of Life Under the Jolly Roger, the editor of Living for the Revolution, and the editor/translator of Gustav Landauer: Revolution and Other Writings.

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