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Professional football is one of the most popular television 'genres' worldwide, attracting the support of millions of fans, and the sponsorship of powerful companies. In A Game of Two Halves, Sandvoss considers football's relationship with television, its links with transnational capitalism, and the importance of football fandom in forming social and cultural identities around the globe. He presents the phenomenon of football as a reflection postmodern culture and globalization.Through a series of case studies, based in ethnographic audience research, Sandvoss explores the motivations and pleasures of football fans, the intense bond formed between supporters and their clubs, the implications of football consumption on political discourse and citizenship, football as a factor of cultural globalisation, and the pivotal role of football and television in a postmodern cultural order.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 1 Football, Fandom and Consumption Chapter 2 Fan Practices and Consumption Chapter 3 Fandom, Identity and Self-Reflection Part 2 The Social and Cultural Diffusion of Football Chapter 4 The Politics of Football: Fandom and the Public Sphere Chapter 5 Football and Cultural Globalisation Part 3 Football and Postmodernity Chapter 6 Football, Formal Rationality and Standardisation Chapter 7 Television, Football and Hyperreality Chapter 8 Conclusion