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Football in Southeastern Europe, From Ethnic Homogenization to Reconciliation

edited by: John Hughson, Fiona Skillen
published by: Routledge
pp: 158
ISBN: 9780415749503

Book's frontpage

This volume draws together scholarship across a number of disciplines – history, sociology, media and cultural studies, political science, Slavonic studies – to examine the significance of the sport of football within Southeastern Europe, with an especial focus on countries of the former Yugoslavia. The volume is timely as there is growing recognition inside and beyond the academy that football is a key cultural site in which the tensions within the region have been, and continue to be, reflected. Important issues such as resurgent nationalism, ethno/religious identity construction, and collective masculine identity are played out in relation to the sport of football. The papers within the volume explore these and other themes in detailed case studies that will be of interest to academics and policy makers concerned with wanting to know more about how football should be considered within agendas focused on reconciliation and a socially inclusive future.This book was previously published as a special issue of the journal Sport in Society.


Table of contents

Table of Contents

Introduction by John Hughson

  • Fighters, footballers and nation builders: wartime football in the Serb-held territories of the former Yugoslavia, 1991 – 1996 by Richard Mills
  • Fertile land or mined field? Peace-building and ethnic tensions in post-war Bosnian football by Davide Sterchele
  • ‘A lofty battle for the nation’: the social roles of sport in Tudjman’s Croatia by Dario Brentin
  • ‘A Croatian champion with a Croatian name’: national identity and uses of history in Croatian football culture – the case of Dinamo Zagreb by Tea Sindbæk
  • Football matches or power struggles? The Albanian case within historical conflicts and contemporary tensions by Falma Fshazi
  • Stronger than the state? Football hooliganism, political extremism and the Gay Pride Parades in Serbia by Christian Axboe Nielsen
  • Football, hooliganism and nationalism: the reaction to Serbia’s gay parade in reader commentary online by Tamara Pavasovic Trost & Nikola Kovacevic
  • Football after Yugoslavia: conflict, reconciliation and the regional football league debate by Shay Wood

About the Editors

John Hughson is based at the International Football Institute, University of Central Lancashire. He is author of Making Sporting Cultures (2009); principal author of The Uses of Sport (2005); co-editor of The Containment of Soccer in Australia (2010); co-editor of Sport in the City: Cultural Connections (2011); and principal editor of The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies (2014 forthcoming), all of which were published by Routledge.

Fiona Skillen is Lecturer in Sport and Events at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her research interests focus on the history of sport, in particular, aspects of gender, politics, social policy and health. She is particularly interested in the influence which dominant discourses concerning gender and modernity had on women’s popular culture. Dr Skillen is the author of Women, Sport and Modernity in Interwar Britain (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013).


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