The passion and performance of contemporary football fandom

By Mark Doidge, Radoslaw Kossakowski and Svenja-Maria Mintert



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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2762-4
  • Pages: 232
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: January 2020
  • BIC Category: Sociology, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural, SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports, Sporting events & management, Society & social sciences / Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Society & social sciences / Sociology & anthropology, Sociology: Sport & Leisure


Ultras have become the most dominant style of football fandom in the world having spread from Southern Europe across North Africa to Northern and Eastern Europe, SE Asia and North America. This book argues that ultras are an important site of enquiry into understanding contemporary society. They are a passionate, politically engaged collective that base their identity around a form of consumption (football) that links to modern notions of identity like masculinity and nationalism. Ultras: the Passion and Performance of Contemporary Football Fandom seeks to make a clear theoretical shift in studies of football fandom. Focussing on the common form of expression through the performance of choreographies, chants and sustained support throughout the match, this book shows how members build an emotional attachment to their club that valorises the colours and symbols of that team, whilst mobilising members against opponents.


1 The ultras' performance
2 It's only a game? Centralising emotions in football fandom
3 The formation of the ultras
4 Social media as a space of continuous performance
5 Ultras and the performance of gender
6 Violence and the world of the ultras
7 Ultras and politics
The ultras: a conclusion


Mark Doidge is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Brighton

Radoslaw Kossakowski is Assistant Professor at the University of Gdansk

Svenja-Maria Mintert is Professor for Business and Sports Marketing at the Fresenius University in Hamburg

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