Football in Neo-Liberal Times: A Marxist Perspective on the European Football Industry

1st Edition

Peter Kennedy, David Kennedy

Routledge
Published June 16, 2017
Reference - 164 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138308633 - CAT# Y367663
Series: Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

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Summary

This book offers an original Marxist critique of the European football business. It argues that the Marxist account of the difference between profits and surplus value is crucial to an understanding of the fluid and contradictory nature of the commodification of football. Section one analyses the nature of modern professional football and section two highlights attempts, via government agency and football clubs, to corral fans into ever greater identification with business logic aimed at breaking traditional social relations. Section three draws on a number of cases studies across Europe, to analyse how some fans are attempting to mount a counter ideological response to the assault of neo-liberalism on the game.

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