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Dr Dominik Antonowicz
(Nicolaus Copernicus University)

Dominik Antonowicz is a doctor of sociology and works as a researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Sociology, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland). A former Chevening scholar (Birmingham University), the Foundation for Polish Science scholar (Center of Higher Education Policy Studies, Twente University). His research interest include sport fandom, in particular various aspects of commercialization of sport that have had an impact on fan culture. He has just accomplished a research project that investigated reaction of the fans’ of Lechia Gdansk and FC Twente Enschede to growing external commercial pressure as both clubs made have recently undergone deep organizational transformation. He often serves as an expert for various national and international media on sport fandom. Privately, he follows speedway club Apator Toruń.

Recent peer reviewed publications on football fandom:

  • Piłka nożna w uścisku rynku? Społeczne konsekwencje komercjalizacji futbolu w narracjach kibiców Lechii Gdańsk oraz FC Twente (with Tomasz Szlendak & Radosław Kossakowski), "Kultura i Edukacja" 2012 (forthcoming)
  • Piłkarz jako marka i peryferyjny kibic jako aborygen. O wybranych społecznych konsekwencjach komercjalizacji sportu (with Tomasz Szlendak & Radoław Kossakowski), "Kultura i Społeczeństwo", no. 3/2012
  • Ostatni bastion anty-konsumeryzmu. Kibice industrialni w dobie komercjalizacji Sportu (with Tomasz Szlendak & Radosław Kossakowski), "Studia Socjologiczne", no. 3/2011
  • Kibice jako wspólnota niewidzialnej religii (with Łukasz Wrzesiński), „Studia Socjologiczne”, no. 9/2009

Dr Radosław Kossakowski
(University of Gdańsk)

Radoslaw Kossakowski is a sociologist, assistant professor at the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Journalism of University of Gdańsk. His academical interests concern: sociology of sport, social dimensions of football fandom, consumer culture. With colleagues prepares a book related to two-year research project on commercialisation of football nad football fandom.

Main publications about football:

  • Piłka nożna w uścisku rynku? Społeczne konsekwencje komercjalizacji futbolu w narracjach kibiców Lechii Gdańsk oraz FC Twente (with Tomasz Szlendak & Radosław Kossakowski), "Kultura i Edukacja" 2012 (forthcoming)
  • Piłkarz jako marka i peryferyjny kibic jako aborygen. O wybranych społecznych konsekwencjach komercjalizacji sportu (with Tomasz Szlendak & Radoław Kossakowski), "Kultura i Społeczeństwo", no. 3/2012
  • Ostatni bastion anty-konsumeryzmu. Kibice industrialni w dobie komercjalizacji Sportu (with Tomasz Szlendak & Radosław Kossakowski), "Studia Socjologiczne", no. 3/2011
  • Solidarność na zielonej murawie [in:] K. Ciechorska-Kulesza, R. Kossakowski, P. Łuczeczko (ed.), Kultura Solidarności. Socjologiczno-antropologiczne analizy kulturowego dziedzictwa „Solidarności”, 2011
  • Konflikt w niebiesko – biało – niebieskich barwach. Rzecz o klubie Wisła Płock [in:] T. Sahaj (ed.), Od fana do chuligana. Kibicowanie w sporcie współczesnym, 2011

Industrial Fans and Consumer Fans. From Ideology for Working Masses to Supermarketization of Sport Spectacles

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The aim of this presentation is to analyze the nature of relation between most dedicated/fanatic fans of football clubs. We would make an attempt to address the question of whether so called “community of fandom” can be perceived as a part of civil society in meaning given by Alexis de Tocqueville and contributes to building social capital. By doing so, we would explore the nature of relations between the most dedicated fans of the same club in order to examine “if” and “how” they work in other social environments. In other words, we would try to provide an answer to the question if the community of fans works also off the football ground on daily basis or it holds only metaphorical sense of  “togetherness” that appears only during highly emotional moments on the match day. Regardless the answer, in the final section we want also to speculate on various consequences that stem from commercialization of football on relation between fans, building social boundaries between them focusing primarily on the most dedicated fans. Our analysis is mainly based on empirical evidence that we collected during interviews with the fans of Lechia Gdańsk and FC Twente Enschede.

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Industrial Fans and Consumer Fans. From Ideology for Working Masses to Supermarketization of Sport Spectacles

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