Political Ideology and Activism in Football Fan Culture in Spain: A View From the Far Left

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Spaaij, Ramon ORCID: 0000-0002-1260-3111 and Viñas, Carles (2013) Political Ideology and Activism in Football Fan Culture in Spain: A View From the Far Left. Soccer and Society, 14 (2). pp. 183-200. ISSN 1466-0970 (print) 1743-9590 (online)


This study examines how left-wing ideology is articulated, displayed and enacted among organized groups of football fans in Spain. The left-wing political space in Spanish football fan culture is occupied by multiple autonomous but often interconnected points of organizational and activist activity characterized by ideological flexibility, heterogeneous identities and interests, and a diffuse message, and whose solidarity is based on a sense of shared struggle. Solidarity and identification among left-wing fan groups is built through the contestation of three issues: neo-fascism, racism and the increasing commercialization of football. The political beliefs and actions of left-wing fan groups in Catalonia, the Basque Country and Galicia are further informed by peripheral nationalisms and the struggle for the revival of the historic communities. It is illustrated how left-wing fans promote and engage in collective social action at the local, national and transnational levels.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24922
DOI 10.1080/14660970.2013.776467
Official URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1466097...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Current > Division/Research > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Keywords political ideology, Spanish football supporters, football fan culture, left-wing fan, fascism, racism, hyper-commercialization, nationalism
Citations in Scopus 15 - View on Scopus
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