Book edited by Dr Stefan Lawrence published

03/10/2018 by Sinead Staunton

Newman University Senior Lecturer in Sport and Health, Dr Stefan Lawrence has recently seen his book which he co-edited with Garry Crawford from the University of Salford published by Routledge.

Digital Football Cultures: Fandom, Identities and Resistance focuses on highlighting new challenges and opportunities within the football industry and is the first book of its kind aiming to bring together contemporary debates in football studies, leisure studies, and digital cultural studies.

Dr Lawrence and Prof Crawford present cutting edge theoretical work based around four key themes: theorizing digital football cultures; digital football fandom; football and social media; and football (sub)cybercultures. Covering topics such as digital fandom, ultras’ culture, online abuse and gender identity online, Digital Football Cultures argues that we are witnessing a rapid hyperdigitalization of the world’s most popular sport.

Dr Lawrence has previously published on a number of topics and across disciplines including racism in sport and leisure, masculinities in popular culture, critical media studies and football cultures.

The book has said to be a valuable resource for students and researchers working in leisure studies, sports studies, football studies, and critical media studies, as well as geography, anthropology, criminology, and sociology. Those working within the industries of sport, media, and culture will also find this text useful to help them get to grip with a changing professional landscape.

Dr Lawrence commented “I have been fortunate enough to work with some talented people on this book which is a real privilege. The book is genuinely a timely contribution to the literature and I hope that readers will use it to take the ideas in it forward and build on them.”

Digital Football Cultures: Fandom, Identities and Resistance is available to purchase from Routledge online in both hardback and as an ebook.