You have the right to remain violent: power and resistance in the club

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Bosevski, Bily and Hallinan, Christopher J (2009) You have the right to remain violent: power and resistance in the club. Soccer in Society, 10 (1). pp. 96-108. ISSN 1466-0970


This study examines the aggressive commodification and corporatisation strategies experienced by a Macedonian-based club in the north-western suburbs of Melbourne. The administrative acquisition of the club by a quasi-corporate consortium colloquially referred to as the ‘Silver Lining’ emphasized an abated model of its cultural heritage in favour of a newly fashioned corporate identity. Further evidence obtained via fieldwork observations and interviews documents the evolution of the power relationship between the club’s supporters and its administrators over a five-year period. We draw on Bhabha’s construct of cultural identity and internal differentiation to analyse the expressive forms of social resistance appropriated by football (soccer) spectators/supporters as agency toward preservation of a particular socio-cultural identity.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/14660970802472692
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords ResPubID19202. sports administration, corporate identity, club identity, club culture, cultural identity, sports culture, sports club, soccer club, football, corporatisation, Bhaba’s construct, Greek, Macedonian, Victorian, Greek, Melbourne
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