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Games Without Frontiers Paperback – 18 Aug 2016
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A successful attempt to think through the nature of football's significance [...] What Kennedy is ultimately doing is attempting to reassert the human within the industrial machine that is modern football and, at the same time, to challenge the damaging connotations of proper football that so undermines parts of the British game. It's a difficult move to make, but Kennedy's writing is funny and sharp enough to make the theories underpinning his arguments appear simple to grasp. ---- Ian Maleney- Irish Times
Kennedy [...] treats football with the kind of serious analysis it deserves but rarely gets.--Philip Kleinfeld - Vice
It comes from a football fan and a seasoned football follower who has engaged with the game on many levels, perhaps most importantly on the terraces. The book approaches the relationship between football and theory with a genuine appreciation for both and, perhaps more importantly than anything else, shows that football is far from stupid, never innocent and nowhere near mindless [...] better than any football writing I have encountered in my own life as that unusual mix of football fan and philosopher ---- Alfie Bown - Review 31
Games Without Frontiers is a rich exploration of football in its broadest sense - not as merely a set of match results, statistics and tactical approaches but as a living social entity. -- Dan Howdon - When Saturday Comes
A New Year must-read [...] read it before January's out and the rest of the sporting year will, I can assure you, make a heap more sense ---- Mark Perryman - Morning Star
About the Author
Joe Kennedy is from the north-east of England and teaches English and Cultural Studies on the University of Gothenburg's programme at the University of Sussex. His academic work focuses on the postwar continuations and mutations of modernism in Britain, and on critical theory. He writes on literature, music, visual art, sport and politics for a wide range of publications.
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