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Jugoslawien in der Kurve: Repräsentationen des sozialistischen Jugoslawiens als politischer Bestandteil der Fußballfankultur im (post-) jugoslawischen Raum

Yugoslavia in the stand: representations of socialist Yugoslavia as a political element of football fan culture in the post-Yugoslav area
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Raschke, Holger

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Abstract The article explores certain characteristics of the Yugoslav fan culture by facing major aspects of the politicization of supporter groups, which took place during the 1980s. It starts with a brief description of the development of Yugoslav football and fan cultures with the focus on political and sociohistorical interferences. Using interviews with supporters from this period as well as interviews with experts and other sources, the article describes the youth-cultural manifestations of the fan culture and the active role of the Yugoslav Ultras in the period of homogenization and nationalization of the society – so far the common stereotypes about football fans in Yugoslavia. But there were also supporter groups, defending the idea of a multi-ethnical Yugoslavia until the very end, since a collapse would mean the end of their multi-ethnical group structures. As it is often the case, a generalization about supporters, nationalism and the collapse of Yugoslavia is not appropriate.
Keywords soccer; fan; youth culture; Yugoslavia; historical development; socialism; post-socialist country; nationalism; instrumentalization
Classification Sociology of the Youth, Sociology of Childhood; Social History, Historical Social Research; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords Fankultur; Ultras
Document language German
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 66-86
Journal Südosteuropäische Hefte, 4 (2015) 1
ISSN 2194-3710
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works