Chris Stone

Chris Stone
Liverpool Hope University · School of Social Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy
Currently supporting City of Sanctuary in developing a new stream of work: Football Club of Sanctuary

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Introduction
Chris Stone is honorary research fellow at Liverpool Hope University. Research interests are focused around football, fandom, community engagement, the aesthetics of the ordinary and research methods appropriate to the presentation of embodied leisure cultures. My most recent publication is, 'Stadia of Sanctuary? Forced migration, flawed football consumers and refugee supporters clubs,' in the special edition of Sport in Society focused on Forced Migration and Sport.

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Publications (11)
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The role of sport consumption, as opposed to sport participation, is often overlooked in debates around sport and social inclusion, despite evidence supporting the importance of sports fandom in social connectivity. This paper explores the ‘inconspicuous beginning’ of a move to develop a refugee supporters club at a professional football club in th...
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Research on the relationship between sport and forced migration has for the most part ignored fandom and its associated consumer practices. Through the case study of an Arsenal supporting asylum seeker living in the UK this chapter explores how football consumption can be utilised to challenge ‘administrative’ labels and maintain some consistency i...
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Everton FC's charitable arm Everton in the Community (EitC) have a number of programmes aimed at supporting young people in the city of Liverpool. This report examines, compares and contrasts two distinct programmes that are nationally funded: Premier League Kicks (PL Kicks) and National Citizen Service (NCS). Both are based on traditional youth wo...
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Everton in the Community (EitC) is a charity located in Liverpool in an area rated to be in the bottom 10% on the Index of Mass Deprivation. EitC is run independently of but closely associated with Everton Football Club. They have two programmes within the Employability & Education strand of their work with the aim of working with NEET young people...
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In 2017, Everton Football Club signed a £48 million sponsorship deal with Kenya based gaming company SportPesa. The deal made SportPesa the first African company to be a primary sponsor of an English Premier League Football Club. As part of the five-year deal Everton agreed to play three matches in East Africa against local league sides to be decid...
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In the 1980s, problems surrounding one of Britain's most popular elite sports alongside changes in society more widely encouraged the development of a more instrumental engagement between football clubs and particular communities. One way in which this was attempted was through Football in the Community (FitC) schemes. Since then, community footbal...
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The concept of mediatization has proved remarkably popular in the past decade, although recent critiques have challenged its media-centrism, ahistoricism, and conceptual clarity. In this article, we draw on the work of those who suggest that mediatization is best deployed as a means of understanding particular social domains and the ways in which i...
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Refugees and asylum seekers have become increasingly demonised as part of anti-migrant sentiment leading to social exclusion. Sport has been utilised as a tool for social cohesion though evidence as to its efficacy in such a task is limited. Based on a three-year research programme exploring the role of football in the lives of refugees and asylum...
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Football supporters are often projected as being obsessed, emotionally saturated and intensely involved with their club. This may be true for some, but much of the time, the consumption of football is mundanely incorporated with other routine behaviours and actions. Drawing on previous research on football and everyday life, this paper explores how...
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The result of a three year investigation exploring the role of football in the lives of refugees and asylum seekers living in Sheffield, England.
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Research on the nature of sports audiences has been predominantly concerned with those attending live events and overlooks how sport is consumed within people's everyday lives.[1] Recent research into the nature of football fandom has offered ethnographic accounts detailing more complex relationships between supporters and their clubs[2] that indic...

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An exploration of the role of football in the lives of women and men who are refugees or seeking asylum. Utilising a participatory action research approach, the research was embedded within community organisation, Football Unites Racism Divides (FURD) with the aim of informing engagement practices and connecting the fields of community sport development and forced migration.
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Everton in the Community (EitC) is the charitable arm of Everton Football Club. Through a collaboration between the club and Liverpool Hope University, we are evaluating various aspects of EitC's social intervention programmes and fans' understandings of community.