The Football and Society Podcast

From Fanzines to Foodbanks: football fan activism in the age of anti-politics

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Episode notes

Since the creation of the Premier League in 1992, collective identities developed in resistance to the commercialisation and commodification within football. These in turn have developed into more distinct ‘project identities’ that seek bring about more profound social change through football.

In this episode, we explore the role of fan activism in the debate on patterns of civic and political (dis)engagement in the age of so-called anti-politics. Our guests are Daniel Fitzpatrick of Aston University and Paddy Hoey of Liverpool John Moores University. We discuss:

  • To what extent was Hillsborough a catalyst for activism, prior to 1992?
  • How has the Fans Supporting Foodbanks campaign overcome tensions between rival groups of supporters?
  • How critical were and are fanzines to building activist networks?

All this and more in the latest episode of the Football and Society podcast!


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