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Opening Keynote Speaker

Prof. Richard Giulianotti
(University of Loughborough)

Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University, UK and a Professor II in the Sociology of Sport at Telemark University College, Norway. His main research interests are in the fields of football, sport, mega-events, globalization, development and peace, and security. He has conducted research into football and sport throughout the world, notably across the UK, mainland Europe, North and South America, South and East Asia, and southern Africa. He is the author of Football: A Sociology of the Global Game (Polity Press 1999), Sport: A Critical Sociology (Polity Press 2005), Ethics, Money and Sport (Routledge 2006, with Adrian Walsh), and Globalization and Football (Sage/TCS 2009, with Roland Robertson). He has also edited or co-edited many books on football and sport, including Football Violence and Social Identity (Routledge, 1994, with Norman Bonney and Mike Hepworth), Football in Africa (Palgrave 2005, with Gary Armstrong), and Globalization and Sport (Wiley 2007, with Roland Robertson). He recently acted as guest co-editor for special issues of the journal Urban Studies (November 2011) on the subject of sport mega-events and security, and British Journal of Sociology (June 2012) on the sociology of world sport. His books and articles have been translated and published in German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian and Spanish. He is currently working on a project funded by the European Commission, investigating anti-discriminatory practices among football supporters in Europe. He is also working with Dick Hobbs, Gary Armstrong and Gavin Hales on an ESRC-funded research project investigating policing and police-community relations at the London 2012 Olympics.

The Sociological Aspects of the Global Football


This paper examines some of the key sociological issues with regard to global football.  We begin by providing a brief overview of the current ‘state of the field’ within the sociology of football, before considering in particular issues relating to mega-events, hyper-commodification, and identity.


The Sociological Aspects of the Global Football

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