This timely book provides an engaging, clear view of the interrelationships within key globalization processes and the international sport of football. Intelligently combining the conceptual and methodological aspects of global studies with the specific cultural conditions of the ߢbeautiful game’ Giulianotti and Robertson illuminate its social history and diffusion, as well as wider cultural, economic, political and social dimensions.

The Social: Transnational Identities and the Global Civil Society

The social: Transnational identities and the global civil society

Introduction

We turn our focus now to the social dimensions of globalization. Curiously, many analyses of global change tend to underplay the social dimension, despite this realm arguably underpinning cultural, economic, and political transformations. As Chapter 1 indicated, the social has been pivotal to football's historical globalization. The writing of football's laws, in 1863, was inspired largely by social exigencies, to enable diverse players and teams to play meaningfully according to common criteria. Football's international diffusion was driven by the everyday social relations of British teachers, traders, workers, and military personnel with onlookers and prospective players from overseas. The increasingly complex and contested social relations of various stakeholders have ...

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