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UltrasThe Passion and Performance of Contemporary Football Fandom$
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Mark Doidge, Radoslaw Kossakowski, and Svenja Mintert

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526127624

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526127631

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The ultras’ performance

The ultras’ performance

(p.18) 1 The ultras’ performance

Mark Doidge

Radosław Kossakowski

Svenja Mintert

Manchester University Press

Football fandom is a regular, ritualistic performance that takes place every weekend over the course of a season. These performances are recounted in conversation, social media and traditional media throughout the week. The performances help locate the individual within a broader collective, but also structure their interactions with others. Through the collective ritual of fandom, the ultras elevate themselves into a state of flow that brings the gathering of individual fans into one collective working in unison.

Keywords:   ultras, football fandom, performance, flow, ritual, social media

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