Date of Degree

2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

Anthropology

Advisor

Michael Blim

Committee Members

Jane Schneider

Gerald Creed

Subject Categories

Anthropology

Abstract

This is an ethnographic study of Italian Ultras, the organized and ritualized fan organizations associated with professional soccer in Italy. It examines the relationship between their belief and behaviors, paying particular attention to their political behaviors. The study follows 15 months of anthropological fieldwork undertaken in Rome, Italy. Its goal is to assess the role that the Ultras' particular critical understanding of modernity plays in organizing and actualizing their behaviors inside and outside of sporting contexts. Part of my effort in this study is to examine local reactions to national and international issues of globalization and liberalization. In following this line of enquiry, which sets my study apart from recent scholarship on the Ultras, I hope to contribute to a more anthropologically informed discussion of the Ultras as a critical part of politically extreme responses to social and political predicaments of the early-21st Century.

Comments

Digital reproduction from the UMI microform.

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