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Title: Mapping the global football field: a sociological model of transnational forces within the world game
Authors: Giulianotti, Richard
Robertson, Roland
Keywords: Football
Globalisation
Capitalism
Neoliberalism
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Blackwell (© London School of Economics and Political Science)
Citation: GIULIANOTTI, R. and ROBERTSON, R., 2012. Mapping the global football field: a sociological model of transnational forces within the world game. British Journal of Sociology, 63 (2), pp. 216-240.
Abstract: This paper provides a sociological model of the key transnational political and economic forces that are shaping the 'global football field'. The model draws upon, and significantly extends, the theory of the 'global field' developed previously by Robertson. The model features four quadrants, each of which contains a dominant operating principle, an 'elemental reference point', and an 'elemental theme'. The quadrants contain, first, neo-liberalism, associated with the individual and elite football clubs; second, neo-mercantilism, associated with nation-states and national football systems; third, international relations, associated with international governing bodies; and fourth, global civil society, associated with diverse institutions that pursue human development and/or social justice. We examine some of the interactions and tensions between the major institutional and ideological forces across the four quadrants. We conclude by examining how the weakest quadrant, featuring global civil society, may gain greater prominence within football. In broad terms, we argue that our four-fold model may be utilized to map and to examine other substantive research fields with reference to globalization. © London School of Economics and Political Science 2012.
Description: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: GIULIANOTTI, R. and ROBERTSON, R., 2012. Mapping the global football field: a sociological model of transnational forces within the world game. British Journal of Sociology, 63 (2), pp. 216-240, which has been published in final form at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-4446.2012.01407.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2012.01407.x
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15511
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-4446.2012.01407.x
ISSN: 0007-1315
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