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Fictional Representations of English Football and Fan Cultures

Slum Sport, Slum People?


Part of the Football Research in an Enlarged Europe book series (FREE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Cyprian Piskurek
    Pages 1-18
  3. Cyprian Piskurek
    Pages 19-55
  4. Cyprian Piskurek
    Pages 83-108
  5. Cyprian Piskurek
    Pages 109-169
  6. Cyprian Piskurek
    Pages 171-215
  7. Cyprian Piskurek
    Pages 217-259
  8. Cyprian Piskurek
    Pages 261-270
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 271-274

About this book


This book explores how recent football fiction has negotiated the decisive political developments in English football after the 1989/90 publication of the 'Taylor Report'. 

A direct response to the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster and growing concerns of hooliganism, the 'Taylor Report' suggested a number of measures for stricter regulation of fan crowds. In consequence, stadiums in the top divisions were turned into all-seated venues and were put under CCTV surveillance. The implementation of these measures reduced violent incidents drastically, but it also led to an unparalleled increase in ticket prices, which in turn significantly altered the demographics of the crowd. This development, which also enabled football's entry into other mainstream cultural forms, changed the game decisively.

Piskurek traces patterns across prose and film to detect how these fictions have responded to the changed circumstances of post-Taylor football. Lending a cultural lens to these political changes, this book is pioneering in its analysis of football fiction as a whole, offering a fresh perspective to a range of scholars and students interested in cultural studies, sociology, leisure and politics. 


Football fans Hooliganism Violence in sport Football fiction Hillsborough Commodification of sport Globalization Social exclusion

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Cultural StudiesTU Dortmund UniversityDortmundGermany

About the authors

Cyprian Piskurek is Lecturer in British Cultural Studies at TU Dortmund University, Germany.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Fictional Representations of English Football and Fan Cultures
  • Book Subtitle Slum Sport, Slum People?
  • Authors Cyprian Piskurek
  • Series Title Football Research in an Enlarged Europe
  • Series Abbreviated Title Football Research in an Enlarged Europe
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-76761-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09576-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-76762-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 274
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Sport and Leisure
    Sociology of Culture
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