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Football Research in an Enlarged Europe: Identity dynamics, perception patterns and cultural change in Europe’s most prominent form of popular culture

Objective

The FREE project aims at understanding the impact of the most popular and most widely shared of all expressions of popular culture - football - on identity dynamics in an enlarged Europe.
In a truly interdisciplinary perspective FREE seeks to explore an apparently non-political, but fully existing sub-cultural European public space of communication: the European football scene in the largest sense.

FREE will bring together different approaches to this European public space:
a) it will study how collective memories of popular culture have emerged during the history of European football, what trace they have left in mutual perception patterns across the continent and to what extent cultural commonality may grow out of historically grown diversity in the field of everyday culture;
b) it will carry out multi-dimensional empirical research work that is innovative both in design and scope, in order to produce new insight into the complex identity dynamics resulting from processes of Europeanisation of football and strongly increased mobility over the last two decades;
c) it will attempt to shed light on the issues raised by the growing feminisation of the game such as gender construction and attitudes toward traditional patterns of identification;
d) it will provide an in-depth analysis of changing perceptions of European approaches to football governance as a legitimacy-enhancing project and produce strategic recommendations for policy-makers and other stakeholders in this field.

Through an ambitious dissemination strategy the FREE project aims at increasing awareness among citizens, stakeholders and policy-makers about the issue of cultural diversity and commonality in the field of popular culture and its often underestimated impact on the political, economic and social dimensions of the European integration process.
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Coordinator

ECOLE SUPERIEURE DES SCIENCES COMMERCIALES D ANGERS ASSOCIATION

Address

Rue Lakanal 1
49003 Angers Cedex 01

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 717 405,21

Administrative Contact

Albrecht Sonntag (Prof.)

Participants (8)

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KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 263 832,49

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 329 638,21

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 89 865,66

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 254 547,45

UNIVERSITAT WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 300 458,03

UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 132 310,42

UNIVERSITE DE FRANCHE-COMTE

France

EU Contribution

€ 179 357,34

UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA W POZNANIU

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 165 942,35

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 290805

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2012

  • End date

    31 March 2015

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 026 213,16

  • EU contribution

    € 2 433 357,16

Coordinated by:

ECOLE SUPERIEURE DES SCIENCES COMMERCIALES D ANGERS ASSOCIATION

France