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The European Ritual: Football in the New Europe Hardcover – 16 Dec 2003


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'The European Ritual speaks to contemporary debates about identity, collective behaviour, regionalism and masculinity. Observation, documentary analysis and well-chosen interviews inform Anthony King's account of the changes that have swept the game from the margins of cultural life to the centre of a transnational culture. Anthony King captures the changing rhetorics of the spectacle and also, through the most comprehensive framework yet developed, illuminates the socio-political context that has made the European football ritual a topic worthy of such analytical scrutiny.' Professor Alan Tomlinson, University of Brighton, UK 'Sports are a reflection of every society, and its importance as a social institution is underscored by the role of events, races, and games in virtually every nation for more than 4,000 years. What the Greeks initiated and the Romans professionalised, is now an integral aspect of every nation's identity and culture. Anthony King's use of football to explain and explore European unity, definition, and development is a landmark extension in the understanding of how sports both reflects politics and sociology and leads in the development of a culture. The European Ritual redefines the pitch as the essence of European culture and illustrates the central role of sport for understanding the organization of society.' Professor Mark Rosentraub, Cleveland State University, USA '...this valuable study tackles the difficult question of the reality of contemporary Europe...Highly recommended.' Choice '...a text which will make an immediate impact, and continue to be discussed for years to come...King has managed to obtain useful data from sources which many of us would previously have thought impossible to tap...it may well be the case that The European Ritual is one of the most important books to have been published since Soccer and Society began.' Soccer and Society '...a worthwhile contribution to our contemporary understanding of the beautiful game.' European Journal of Communication '...will be of considerable use to undergraduates, postgraduates, lecturers and researchers exploring the profound impacts on sport and leisure of the current trends fragmenting and re-combining the national cultures, polities and markets on which many base their understanding of the world.' Annals of Leisure Research 'Anthony King has provided a lucid and detailed account of the development of European football in the post-war era...The European Ritual is well researched, drawing expertly on a range of conventional sources, as well as interviews with club officials, fans and football administrators.' Journal of European Studies

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Dr Anthony King is a Reader in Sociology at the University of Exeter, UK. He is the author of The End of the Terraces (1998).

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