Football Fandom, Protest and Democracy

LDN.1.04, Loughborough University London

On Wednesday 3 July 2019, come along to our campus for the launch of Dağhan Irak’s new book 'Football Fandom, Protest and Democracy: Supporter Activism in Turkey'.

The book will be discussed by Professor Richard Giulianotti, Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and drinks reception.

Football Fandom, Protest and Democracy: Supporter Activism in Turkey offers an in-depth and “from-the-inside” approach to the socio-political history of football in Turkey, where fandom is often revered as part of the national identity. In a country of millions of fans, football in Turkey has real political value. It has been a visible socio-political component of Turkey’s transition from Kemalism to the populist Islamism of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, once a keen footballer himself. 

This book presents a historical context for the football events in Turkey, and examines the role of football fans in the pro-democracy Gezi Protests of 2013, in which thousands of independent, urban, secular middle-class football fans, supporting the Big Three of Istanbul, Beşiktaş, Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe, were a significant presence. Based on a longitudinal original research, the book explores the complex the political processes at play in modern Turkey and deepens our understanding of fandom, fan activism and protest movements, questioning all presuppositions about the society and football fandom in Turkey.

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