Russia 2018: The Global Potemkin Village? | Lecture by David Goldblatt

“In 2006 I published The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Football, which I thought, naively and arrogantly, would be the last word on the globalisation of football and its social meanings. As the old man said, “All that is solid melts into air,” and once again the dynamics of global capitalism have shattered and remade the world, and football is no exception. Indeed, given its ascendent cultural status, it is a more illuminating window on global economics, politics and culture than ever before. In 2019, for my sins, I will be publishing Football is First: the Global Game in the Twenty-First Century, a survey of the the game’s recent transformations and ever closer intersection with economic and political power, social identities and social movements. This lecture will be the first outing for my tentative conclusions, based in part on an examination of the 2018 World Cup, asking, above all, whether football sustains or undermines the dominant order, and whether it illuminates, fragments or diminishes our lifeworld.”  — David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt is a sports writer, broadcaster, sociologist, journalist and author. Among his books are The Games: A Global History of the OlympicsThe Game of Our Lives: The Meaning and Making of English FootballFutebol Nation: A Footballing History of Brazil, and The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Football. Goldblatt taught sociology of sport at Bristol University and Pitzer College.
Prof. Martha Saavedra from the Center of African Studies at UC Berkeley will lead a discussion following the lecture.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, the Center for British Studies, and the Department of History.