Who owns football? Identity, economics, and politics in the beautiful game

Exploring the social, economic, and political factors relating to the displacement and disempowerment of football fans.

* Please note the venue of this event has changed, and will now be held in the Chakrabarti Lecture Theatre. *

Join us to discuss the social, economic, and political factors relating to displacement and disempowerment for fans of football.

The evening will begin with an introductory presentation from Dr Stuart Whigham on his past and ongoing research focusing on the sociology and politics of contemporary football, with a specific focus on the identity politics of club and international football within the context of a highly commercialised era.

This will be followed by a question and answer session to examine the relevance of this research for ongoing developments in the local context of Oxford and Oxfordshire. For example, developments such as the relocation of Oxford United from the Manor Ground to the Kassam Stadium, and the similar move for Oxford City from Whitehouse Road to Marsh Lane, have had significant impacts on the experiences of the respective clubs and their fans.

This event will discuss the various forces which have influenced the experiences and identities of football fans, as well as the opportunities for fans to regain a sense of control and impact on the direction of their beloved clubs.

Dr Stuart Whigham's teaching interests link to both his specialisms in the field of the sociology and politics of sport, and his professional experiences in physical education.

He currently teaches across a range of modules on the Sport, Coaching and Physical Education degree programme, with his main teaching responsiblities focused on the field of the sociology of sport.

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