By Cornel Sandvoss
Specialist soccer is among the preferred tv 'genres' world wide, attracting the aid of thousands of fanatics, and the sponsorship of robust businesses. In A video game of 2 Halves, Sandvoss considers football's dating with tv, its hyperlinks with transnational capitalism, and the significance of soccer fandom in forming social and cultural identities worldwide. He provides the phenomenon of soccer as a mirrored image postmodern tradition and globalization.Through a chain of case reviews, established in ethnographic viewers learn, Sandvoss explores the motivations and pleasures of soccer lovers, the serious bond shaped among supporters and their golf equipment, the results 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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If I go to away games and see other fans, they are the lowest of the low. FC Köln [Bayer’s local rival], the kind of fans they have, I could never identify with. We are lucky, we got into Bayer. 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.
Samuel, Chelsea supporter) I am always looking on the teletext. I went to Stamford Bridge when I was a kid, but I haven’t been since. But I always follow them daily in the papers as well. (Brendon, Chelsea fan) I think I am a fanatical fan, because I have been going [there] for ten years. I am a season-ticket holder. That I pass as a fanatical fan. (Vicky, Chelsea supporter) I think the fact that I had season tickets for two years, plus the fact that I am very enthusiastic when attending football matches, makes me a fan.
These observations underline Silverstone’s critique of Bourdieu’s model: For Bourdieu class remains the single most powerful determinant of consumption behaviour and status . . For all its subtlety and sensitivity, Distinction has little to say about variations, transformations and oppositions within, especially, working-class culture; little to say about other dimensions of social differentiation which can be articulated in consumption (difference of religion, ethnicity, gender); little to say about the prior coding of products in and through consumption; and little to say, in Daniel Miller’s (1987: 155) terms, about ‘the actual brilliance often displayed in the art of living in modern society by people of all classes’.