The Game Of Our Lives

In the last two decades football in Britain has made the transition from a peripheral dying sport to the very centre of our popular culture. What does it mean when football becomes so central to our private and political lives? Has it enriched us or impoverished us? David Goldblatt argues that no social phenomenon tracks the momentous economic, social and political changes of the post-Thatcherite era in a more illuminating manner than football, and no cultural practice sheds more light on the aspirations and attitudes of our long boom and subsequent bust.