Digital Football Cultures: Second Call for Chapters Eds. Stefan Lawrence and Garry Crawford

Abstract Submission: Friday 26th February, 2016 

Building on vibrant debates generated by the Digital Football Cultures stream at Football as Inclusive Leisure (a one day conference held at Southampton Solent University in May 2015 in conjunction with LSA and LMCFR), Digital Football Cultures will be a timely publication, bringing together scholars working at the intersections of football and leisure studies and digital cultures. As the digital revolution continues apace, emergent technologies and means of communication have presented new challenges and opportunities to the football industry. In turn, researchers active in a number of disciplines have responded and have carved out a new field of study in its own right. Despite the growing number of research papers which consider football and its relationship with digital culture, there are few dedicated texts which bring together key contemporary debates in one edited collection. Given the truly global reach and popularity of the beautiful game, made possible primarily by technological advancement, the need for a critical text is self-evident.

Proposed Focus

The proposed focus of the book will be on a range of conceptual and theoretical issues in football, especially those issues that emerge from or have been exacerbated by the digital turn. Each chapter should be guided by a theoretical framework and will address at least one of the following themes:

· Digital football fandom

· Football and social media

· Football (sub)cybercultures

Each theme will be further divided into sub-themes, which could include (but are not restricted to):

· (Hate) Crime and/ or Trolling

· Blogging

· Celebrity cultures and two-way communication· Digital Stadia

· Fan (h)ac(k)tivism and social movements

· Health and Well Being

· Identity and cyber-selves

· Moral panics (cyberhooliganism, football cyber-lads)

· Fan forums and online communities

· Resistance

· Privacy and freedom of speech

· Social justice

· Surveillance and control

· Transnationalism

· Video gaming

Submission guidelines

Submissions of abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to Dr Stefan Lawrence (digicoms@leisurestudies.org) by Friday 26th February, 2016. Please include the following in abstracts:

· Proposed article title· Proposed author names and affiliations

· Theme or sub-theme

· Rationale and aim(s) of chapter

· Principal body of literature/theoretical framework

· Proposed contribution to knowledge.

Key dates and publications timeline to follow after decision made on abstracts.

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