Lecture and Seminar, Prof. Dr. Michal Buchowski
The lecture address broadly understood cultural images and practices related to football in Central and Eastern Europe. In particular, we will problematize football as:
1) a form of popular culture;
2) factor in identity making (‘nationalisation of the masses’ and segmentary organisation of football clubs’ supporters);
3) football hooliganism (violent form of fandom).
All these problems are seen in anthropological perspective. It involves, among others, a view on culture as a dynamic pattern of rituals, myths and social drama (V.T. Turner), presentation of the self (Goffman), symbolic communication and ‘tribal belonging’, and sport as religion. It also means a critical view on football subcultures as a product of class relations as well as facilitated by football identities which in extreme forms can lead to chauvinism and football clubs’ extreme partisanship.
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- Levermore, Roger / Millward, Peter: Official policies and informal transversal networks: Creating 'pan-European identifications' through sport?, in: The Sociological Review, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford 2007, pp. 144-164.