Accepted Paper:

has pdf download Together, but still apart: class positions and identities among football fans in Cluj-Napoca, Romania  

Author:

Florin Faje (Babes-Bolyai University)

Paper short abstract:

Drawing on ethnographic research among Hungarian and Romanian football fans of C.F.R. football club in Cluj-Napoca the current paper explores the ways in which class and ethnicity together with local and national affiliations are mobilized in shaping the identities of these fans.

Paper long abstract:

Drawing on ethnographic research among Hungarian and Romanian football fans of the C.F.R. football club in Cluj-Napoca the current paper explores the ways in which class and ethnicity together with local and national affiliations are mobilized in shaping the identities of these fans. In a context characterized by a high degree of groupness they all contribute to situationally define and redefine the principles of solidarity as well as those of exclusion. It is my contention that the C.F.R. fans, although divided along ethnic lines, manage to find more encompassing principles of identification which allow them to act together. Class operates in two distinct ways to facilitate this outcome: the Hungarians perceived higher social position, a consequence of their urban past, goes hand in hand with the largely middle-class actual position of the Romanian fans of the club. Sharing similar practices and dispositions, although for different reasons, these fans manage to shape and sustain similar identities which permit the maintenance of a high degree of groupness.

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Class as a subtext to neonationalism after 1989