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Football and the Boundaries of History

Critical Studies in Soccer

  • Brenda Elsey
  • Stanislao G. Pugliese


  • Explores the relationship between history and art criticism, psychology, philosophy, political science, racial/ethnic studies, gender studies, sociology, and journalism

  • Highlights the ways in which a consideration of popular culture has pushed the traditional boundaries of history

  • Grounds sport studies in historical context


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Brenda Elsey
    Pages 1-10
  3. Art Criticism

  4. Collective Psychology and Group Identity

  5. Political Science and International Relations

  6. Race and Ethnic Studies

  7. Sexuality and Gender

  8. The State and Civil Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247

About this book


The essays in this volume use football to create a dialogue between history and other disciplines, including art criticism, philosophy, and political science. The study of football provides fertile ground for interdisciplinary initiatives and this volume explores the disciplinary boundaries that are shifting “beneath our feet.” Traditional disciplines in the humanities and social sciences have come to embrace diverse research methodologies and the increased scholarly attention to football over the past decade reflects both the startling popularity of the sport and the trends in historical scholarship that have been termed the “cultural,” “interpretive,” or “linguistic” turns. This volume includes work on gender, sexuality, and ethnicity, which have challenged disciplinary fault-lines.


soccer in popular culture sport studies in historical context World Cup football FIFA soccer and race

Editors and affiliations

  • Brenda Elsey
    • 1
  • Stanislao G. Pugliese
    • 2
  1. 1.Hofstra UniversityHempstead, NYUSA
  2. 2.Hofstra UniversityHempstead, NYUSA

About the editors

Brenda Elsey is Associate Professor of Latin American history at Hofstra University, USA. Her work on politics and popular culture has appeared in the Journal of Social History and Radical History Review.  She is the author of Citizens and Sportsmen: Fútbol and Politics in Twentieth Century Chile and the forthcoming Futbolera: Women and Sport in Latin America.

Stanislao G. Pugliese is Professor of European history and the Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies at Hofstra University, USA. He is the author of Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone and is working on a new book, Dancing on a Volcano in Naples: Scenes from the Siren City.

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