Playing with tension: national charisma and disgrace at Euro 2012

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Abstract

European National football came together in the summer of 2012 for the 14th occasion. This book sets out to examine the enduring social tensions between supporters and authorities, as well as those between local, national and European identities, which formed the backdrop to the 14th staging of the European National football tournament, Euro2012. The context of the tournament was somewhat unique from those staged in previous years, being jointly hosted for the first time by two post-Communist nations still in the process of social and economic transition. In this respect, the decision to stage Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine bore its own material and symbolic legacies shaping the tournament: the unsettling of neo-liberal imaginings and emergent ‘East-West’ fears about poor infrastructure, inefficiencies and corruption jostled with moral panics about racism and fears surrounding the potentially unfulfilled consumerist expectations of west European supporters. The book seeks to explore the ideologies and practices invoked by competing national sentiments and examine the social tensions, ambiguities and social capital generating potentials surrounding national, ethnic, European identity, with respect to national football teams, supporters and supporter movements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring the cultural, ideological and economic legacies of Euro 2012
EditorsPeter Kennedy, Christos Kassimeris
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter3
Pages27-45
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781315747705
ISBN (Print)9781138811737, 9781138058156
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2014

Publication series

NameSport in the Global Society – Contemporary Perspectives
PublisherRoutledge

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    Law, A. (2014). Playing with tension: national charisma and disgrace at Euro 2012. In P. Kennedy, & C. Kassimeris (Eds.), Exploring the cultural, ideological and economic legacies of Euro 2012 (pp. 27-45). (Sport in the Global Society – Contemporary Perspectives). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315747705