By Cornel Sandvoss
Specialist soccer is likely one of the preferred tv 'genres' world wide, attracting the aid of thousands of lovers, and the sponsorship of robust businesses. In A video game of 2 Halves, Sandvoss considers football's courting with tv, its hyperlinks with transnational capitalism, and the significance of soccer fandom in forming social and cultural identities world wide. He provides the phenomenon of soccer as a mirrored image postmodern tradition and globalization.Through a chain of case reviews, established in ethnographic viewers examine, Sandvoss explores the motivations and pleasures of soccer enthusiasts, the serious bond shaped among supporters and their golf equipment, the consequences of soccer intake on political discourse and citizenship, soccer as an element of cultural globalisation, and the pivotal function of soccer and tv in a postmodern cultural order.
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Extra resources for A Game of Two Halves: Football Fandom, Television and Globalisation
They are all my age group. No vandalism or something like that. We all sit down calmly and enjoy the game, and I like that. (Manfred, Bayer Leverkusen fan) My participant observations at home and away games of Bayer Leverkusen, as well as an interview conducted with the head of a special police unit in Leverkusen, conﬁrm that Bayer Leverkusen fans are as much or as little prone to violence and vandalism as supporters of most other clubs. Here, as well as in the examples quoted before, football clubs function as a space of projection for fans’ image of self.
Consequently, we need to ask whether different clubs recruit their support from speciﬁc clusters within a multi-dimensional model of class. Respondents in the UFA study (1998) were asked which clubs they sympathized with. 2 (on page 24) according to the economic capital of respondents. There are two ways of reading such data. On the one hand, all clubs recruit sympathizers from all groups. However, on closer examination similar patterns emerge as in, for example, Bourdieu’s investigations of Parisian cinema audiences in relation to economic and educational capital (Bourdieu 1984: 271).
We have played football there for years. I played tennis, passionately. They also have a very good basketball team [Bayer]. My wife and I have season tickets there . . Apart from that, there are other leisure activities, sometimes we go to the theatre . . I would say, football is only one component of all this. (Mr Perschul, Bayer Leverkusen fan) The consumption practices expressing the fandom of these two interviewees differ as much as the content of their fandom. They express the different struc- Fan practices and consumption 25 ture and fabric of their respective everyday lives, the rewards and frustrations of different life situations and their socio-cultural framing.
A Game of Two Halves: Football Fandom, Television and Globalisation by Cornel Sandvoss