The Social Phenomenon of Football: The opposition in the service of culture –
constituting of the structure and identity football fandom
Radosław Kossakowski 1 1 - Uniwersytet Gdański MAeS 2015; 16 (4): ICID: 1189817 Article type: Original article IC™ Value: 3.00
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The main goal of this article is to present some of the dimensions characterizing the world
of the committed (called also ‘fanatical’, ‘hardcore’) football fans. It is assumed that the
structure of this group is strongly saturated with a specific cultural content which generates
its identity. This refers to the cultural patterns that constitute a form of a cultural
community. A comprehensive analysis of the nuances of the fan culture would exceed the
framework of an article, therefore only one cultural pattern is described. The patter which
is responsible, however, for a wide range of events. It is a frame of creating the ‘opposition’
of various kinds, the mechanism of defining the identity on the basis of the distinction between ‘We’ and the ‘Other’. It is one of the fundamental characteristics defining the
fan movement in Poland. It is assumed that the cultural and social factors independently
contribute to the constitution of this community largely due to the identity of ‘difference’.
It is reasonable to show the role played by the external factors that operate in a broader
structural context in shaping this phenomenon.