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Law, football, sport, performance, legal theory, commodification, juridification, soccer, World Cup
A review of certain themes in the literature discussing football (soccer) in contemporary law and society, with emphasis on commodification and juridification and reference to the 2014 World Cup. Drawing on a variety of literatures it is proposed that to better understand legal dimensions of football, it is useful to review globalization theories rooted in social, economic, and cultural conditions, and contrasts the recent rapid development of literature on football in the social sciences with a narrower treatment in legal literatures. It is speculated that an anxiety informs the treatment of social performances like football as “merely games” in contrast to "more serious" problems in law, politics or economics, and some dimensions of this anxiety are explored.
Archer, S. B., "Commodification and Juridification in Football: Reflections on the Study of Law and Society" (2015). Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper Series. 133.