The Playing Field: Making Sense of Spaces and Places in Sporting Culture
Modern sport is a key space for the construction of identity, belonging and community; a place where meaning-making is performed, shaped and embedded. The volume aims to develop new critical awareness of the social, political and economic features of sport spaces – especially, the role of sport as a distinctly spatialized expression of physical culture within everyday life. Modern sport is understood as a phenomenon existent amongst an array of other cultural practices and social spaces. The critical explorations therefore reflect the scope and multiplicity modern sport – with analyses focusing on the role of spaces and place in soccer cultures, infrastructure design, mega-events, digital technologies, sports tourism and leisure activities, and other topics. What emerges is the purposeful coalescence of academic disciplines, opening new intellectual spaces for dialogue and exchange. The interdisciplinary scope thus provides insight into the deep and multifaceted nexuses between sport places and spaces and the environments in which they reside
Recent football fan action in Russia and its role in national and international sports events have shown that the phenomenon of football fandom, including its organization and cultural norms, calls for close investigation. This investigation is essential not only for understanding the patterns of Russian football fan ‘mass action’, but also for the development of an effective communication strategy with the fandom organizations in the light of the forthcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia.