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Manchester and its Football Fans: Globalisation, Exclusion and Commodification

Manchester and its Football Fans: Globalisation, Exclusion and Commodification

A seminar at the The Council Room,
Birkbeck,
University of London,
Malet Street,
London WC1E 7HX

6 – 9pm, Monday 10th March 2003

Given by:

Dr Adam Brown, Manchester Metropolitan University

Synopsis

This lecture is based on new research conducted in Manchester on Manchester City and Manchester United by the Manchester Institute for Popular Culture, Manchester Metropolitan University, and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The lecture will consider the location of football fans in and around Manchester and popular conceptions of them, including an analysis of the location of season ticket holders of both clubs. The lecture will then consider the processes of globalisation and commodification of football in Manchester, in terms of both the fan base and the new commercial priorities of United and City. A comparison will be made between the reaction of fans at City and at United to these processes in terms of their campaigning activities as well as their own identification and the lecture will conclude by considering the responses of the clubs to critiques of their ‘globalisation’.

Further Reading:

  • Crabbe, T. and Brown, A. (2003 forthcoming). ‘You’re not welcome anymore: The football crowd, class and social exclusion’, in Wagg, S. (Ed) Soccer and Social Exclusion, London: Frank Cass.
  • Brown, A. ‘United We Stand: Some problems with fan democracy’, in Brown, A. (1998). (Ed). Fanatics! Power, identity and fandom in football,  London: Routledge.
  • Brown, A. and Walsh, A. (1999). Not For Sale: Manchester United, Murdoch and the defeat of BSkyB, Edinburgh: Mainstream.
  •   Brown, A. (2002). Do You Come From Manchester?: the location of Season Ticket holders at Manchester United and Manchester City, Manchester: MIPC Available from www.mmu.ac.uk/h-ss/mipc/football
  • Brown, A. (2002). `Golden Goals versus local loyalty’, Times Higher Education Supplement, October 11 2002.
  •  Brown, A. (2001). ‘Who Wins When Stadiums Come to Town?’, Regeneration and Renewal, November 2001
  •  King, A. (1998). The End of the Terraces: The transformation of English football in the 1990s. Leicester University Press. See especially: Chapter 12,  ‘The Lads”.
  • Mellor, G. ‘The Genesis of Manchester United as a National and International “Super club” 1958-1968’, in Soccer and Society, Vol 1, No2, Summer 2000
  •  Lee, S. (1998). ‘From Grey Shirts to Grey Suits: The political economy of  football in the 1990s’, in Brown, A. (1998). (Ed). Fanatics! Power, identity and fandom in football,  London: Routledge.
  • Nash, R. (2001). ‘English Football Fan Groups in the 1990s: Class, representation and fan power’, in Soccer and Society, Vol. 1, No 2, Spring 2001.
  • Schindler, C. (1999). Manchester United Ruined My Life. London: Headline.
  • Shaw, A. and Clarke, M. (1998). Cups for Cock-ups: The Extraordinary Story of Manchester City F.C. London: Empire Publications.

The seminar is free. To register for this seminar please contact Lee Shailer at the Football Governance Research Centre on 020 7631 6740 or email l.shailer@bbk.ac.uk

Copies of the handout notes will be available on request.

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