Andrew Hodges

Andrew Hodges
The Narrative Craft

PhD Social Anthropology
Author and editor of fiction and creative non-fiction. Specialisms: science fiction, fantasy, ethnography.

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Introduction
Book Editor (Developmental editing and line-editing) Fiction & Ethnography @ https://thenarrativecraft.com/ Expertise: Critical Psychotherapy/Labour Studies/Anthropology of Football/(Minority) Language Teaching & Language Politics

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Publications (23)
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In what sense can organized football fans be understood as political actors or participants in social movements? How do fan struggles link to wider social and political transformations? And what methodological dilemmas arise when researching fan activism? Fan Activism, Protest and Politics seeks ethnographic answers to these questions in a context...
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Die gigantischen Kräne der Werften in Gdynia und in Pula waren bis vor Kurzem der Stolz dieser Städte. In Polen entstanden 300 Meter lange Ozeanriesen, in Kroatien Schiffe, auf denen Tausende Schafe lebend aus Neuseeland nach Europa transportiert werden konnten – Meerwasserentsalzungsanlage inklusive. Doch all der Erfindungsreichtum und das im Sozi...
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This article examines the trope of systematic destruction (sustavno/sistemsko uništavanje) and traces how it was mobilized during the 2018 Croatian shipbuilding crisis. First, an ethnographic vignette introduces the political actors and issues at stake during the crisis. The literature on post-socialist labor transformations and deindustrialization...
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The shipbuilding industry is global in scope and networks, while also historically closely connected to state actors, and embedded within local, regional, and state-level infrastructures. Drawing on the existing literature on embeddedness, this article offers new case-study material on the recent history of two shipyards – Gdynia (Poland) and Uljan...
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This article focuses on social class considerations relating to the implementation of teaching in Croatian in Vojvodina, Serbia. Methodologically, it draws on classroom ethnography and group interviews conducted with children in a school in a village in Vojvodina, Serbia in which teaching in Croatian had been introduced. The pupils, approximately n...
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In 2012, the large Uljanik shipyard in Pula (Croatia) was finally privatized, as a result of pressure from the European Union. The new owners were the workers (and pensioners) of the shipyard. History seemed to have come full circle: thanks to ‘privatization’, a previously ‘socially owned’ Yugoslav enterprise returned once again into the hands of w...
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This article analyses worker narratives of discontent in relation to a series of crises at the Uljanik Shipyard in Pula, Croatia, over the course of 2018. It draws on five months of fieldwork conducted in the period between two worker protests at the shipyard surrounding the late payment of wages, the second of which developed into a large-scale st...
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This case study considers a range of issues I experienced when beginning ethnographic fieldwork with Croatian minority activists in Serbia. Given the recent wars, tensions between Croatian and Serbian ruling elites, and Serbia’s European Union accession hopes—which necessitated an emphasis on minority rights—the context was politically sensitive. I...
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This case study examines how the author drew on interviews in his research on football fans as political actors in Croatia. It discusses how interviews may be approached anthropologically, especially when researching topics with a political focus. First, a few brief details about the political context of the fieldwork are elaborated. Following this...
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This article ethnographically examines the situation surrounding the teaching of Croatian in Serbia. It analyzes the discourses and efforts of minority activists in promoting Croatian culture and language in various ways, specifically drawing on fieldwork conducted in a school where three mutually intelligible language varieties—Serbian, Croatian,...
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This article describes worker narratives of discontent in relation to a series of crises that occurred at the Uljanik shipyard over the course of 2018. It draws on five months of fieldwork conducted in the period between two worker protests at the shipyard surrounding the late payment of wages, the second of which transformed into a large-scale str...
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This conceptual introduction seeks to frame and provide a context for the following special issue on “Football from below in South-Eastern Europe”. The special issue focus on fan activism and protest aims to understand, theorize and interpret the efforts of football fans both visible as (sub-)political actors in public space and/or as collectives e...
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Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in a school in a village in Vojvodina, Serbia, where teaching in Croatian has been introduced, this article analyses relationships maintained between Croatian minority activists, the teaching staff at the school, and representatives from Croatian state institutions who visited. This minority context is es...
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The paper focuses on language policy and social changes which have taken place in Croatia during and since the 1991-5 war. I first describe the historical background, the war and the nineties being marked by excesses of linguistic purism and prescriptivism, alongside the formation of post-Yugoslav states in which national belonging was key to de" n...
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This chapter looks at how urban and rural distinctions are caught up with discussions of non-heterosexuality and how this dynamic is played out in the context of football and both Croatian and regional football fan scenes. The author zooms in on the football fan group White Angels Zagreb and examines fans’ self-positioning with respect to the urban...
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Through examining ethnographic material alongside a forum discussion on the website ultrastifo, this paper relates fan solidarities occasionally asserted between certain members of Green Brigade (Celtic FC) and the Bad Blue Boys (NK Dinamo Zagreb) to what I term fan cosmologies. I first describe my theoretical positioning with respect to fan activi...
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The idea that football is closely connected to national identity and nationalism is not new. Several aspects of the game — the competitiveness, focus on physical strength, idealisation of the body, the associations that clubs make with fixed geographical identities and the often deep sense of emotional connection, make the link an easy one to make,...
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In this article, I discuss confrontations involving violence and discourses of masculinity in a left-wing ultras group – White Angels Zagreb – on the basis of observations made as a group member involved in a number of overlapping antifascist activist engagements in Serbia and Croatia. Building my argument up from an ethnographic vignette, I discus...
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In this article, we explore the grounds on which world anthropologies can be differentiated and how this can be discussed without reproducing the internal hierarchies of a discipline that has at least four names (social anthropology, cultural anthropology, ethnology, ethnography). We suggest that ethnographic research (rather than national intellec...
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Football fans, specifically fan associations (navijačke udruge), are sometimes depicted as stereotypical of Balkan ‘mentality’, drawing on associations with violence, organised crime and examples of ‘primitive’ behaviour and attitudes at football matches. In this paper, I argue that the drawing of such associations may explored in terms of a nestin...
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This article explores ethnographically the various media engagements of astrophysics researchers in Belgrade, Serbia. At one extreme, I explore engagements whose primary objectives include engaging with and enlisting a "public" and a new generation of scientists. At the other extreme, I explore engagements which took the form of polemical discussio...

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