From communist fan clubs to professional hooligans: a history of Polish fandom as a social process

Radosław Kossakowski


The main aim of this article is to present the history of Polish football fandom as a social process which has coincided with the processes of transformation of Polish society over the last few decades. The fan movement in Poland dates back to the early 1970s when the communist authorities attempted to channel the activity of supporters. The 1980s, however, brought the development of a spontaneous movement with strong accents of hooliganism. The post-1989 transformation led to a economic and social crisis, with the rule of anarchy in football stadiums. Along with the formation of the democratic order, the fan movement evolved into different sections focused on particular aspects of activity. The paper is also devoted to the ideological dimension of fan culture, related to the conflict with the government at the turn of the 2010s.
Author Radosław Kossakowski (FSS/IPSJ/DSEL)
Radosław Kossakowski,,
- Division of the Sociology of Everyday Life
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Journal seriesSociology of Sport Journal, ISSN 0741-1235, (A 25 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets1.50
ASJC Classification3312 Sociology and Political Science; 3612 Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation; 2732 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)25
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 25.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 4.000; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.936; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.000 (2) - 2017=1.620 (5)
Citation count*16 (2020-07-30)
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