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Football in Turkey

Edited By Müge Demir and Ahmet Talimciler

The book presents a collection of papers on a wide range of football issues.

Football is a complex and dynamic phenomenon that needs to be examined in various social and historical contexts. It is influenced by social, economic, political and cultural factors while it also affects social life. As a miniature model of social life, football can almost be regarded as a magical game in the sense that it includes several indicators which provide us with the opportunity to collect information about the events taking place. The methods of analyzing and solving problems experienced on football fields and in social life should broaden the perspective, focusing on all actors of football.

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The Attitude of Supporters to Football Violence in Turkey (Ahmet Talimciler)

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Assoc. Prof. Ahmet Talimciler, PhD1

The Attitude of Supporters to Football Violence in Turkey

Introduction

Football has become one of the most important phenomenon of our age due to its potential to influence wide sections of society. Not only the changes football went through in its process of formation as a sports branch but also the stages in the formation of spectator identity have had a great impact on its popularity. Today, football is associated with violence and security measures rather than a sporting contest. Moreover, football has become a sports branch where the problems take precedence over the game. In addition to the association of football with violence, the concept of “being a supporter” has recently been identified with new forms of fan behavior such as fanaticism and hooliganism. It has almost become difficult to talk about supporter identities and the events supporters are involved in without using these concepts. Besides being the physical environment where the matches take place, stadiums have now turned into spaces in which the struggles between opposing groups of fans are enacted. Clashing with the supporters of the opposing team and the police as well as throwing various objects on to the pitch are now perceived as ordinary incidents of football matches. Media coverage of these events in the form of blaming others or seeking those responsible for incidents which resulted in injuries or sometimes death has become a habit.

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