Guest Editors' Introduction

Football and Society in Israel—a Story of Interdependence

in Israel Studies Review
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  • 1 Hebrew University tamar.rapoport@mail.huji.ac.il
  • 2 Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Academic College in Rishon LeZion r.benporat@bgu.ac.il

Israel, where it has been played every weekend all over the country since before the establishment of the state. Football is not just a game that children and adults love to play and watch; it also involves individual, group, and collective identities, and local and national identification. Football reflects, and often accentuates, political and social conflicts that highlight ethno-national, class, political, and gender hierarchies and tensions in society. The game is largely dependent on the surrounding context(s) that determines its “relative autonomy,” which shapes its distinguished fandom culture(s) and practices (Rapoport 2016).

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