Migrants ‘at home’ or ‘visiting’?: Insights on the collective identities of the Turkish diaspora football supporters

If there is one thing that academia has learnt from football, it is that football indeed emerged as a significant marker of identity. Football, due to its fundamental design of binary oppositions, continuously invites the spectator – even if his/her ‘own’ team is not involved – to take sides and express partisanship. The picture gets even more complicated when the inter-related processes of migration and diasporic identification on the part of fan identities shape and respond to collective and spatial politics of belonging. This paper departs from a general concern of how the process of migration influences the collective fan identities of Turkish diaspora and how their loyalty to their ‘home’ teams is negotiated and performed. The main focus of the paper is the construction of a typology of the fan identities of Turkish migrants regarding Turkish football teams in line with the migration waves in Europe in the aftermath of Second World War. The paper concludes with a discussion on how this complex web of diaporic fan identities are negotiated and performed recently in transnational football events such as World Cup and European Championship.


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Citation Formats
B. Z. Alpan, “Migrants ‘at home’ or ‘visiting’?: Insights on the collective identities of the Turkish diaspora football supporters,” presented at the 25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (2020), 2018, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/79891.