Dr John McManus

John McManus is a social anthropologist specialising in the study of sport, digital media and migration in Turkey and the Turkish diaspora.

John received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2016. His thesis, entitled, Playing the game: a study of transnational Turkish football fans, imaginations and the internet was funded by an Economic and Social Research council scholarship, and explores how the internet affects the generation of football fan clubs in the Turkish diaspora.

His book ''Welcome to Hell?' In Search of the Real Turkish Football' was published by Orion Books in 2018.


2016 PhD Social Anthropology, University of Oxford (Green Templeton College)
2010 MPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford (Wadham College)
2006 BA English Literature and History, University of Sheffield


  • McManus, J (2017) 'Welcome to Hell?' In Search of the Real Turkish Football (London: Orion Publishing)
  • McManus, J (2015) “Building a Turkish fan community: Facebook, Schengen and Easyjet” in New Ethnographies of Football in Europe: People, Passion, Politics, edited by Schwell, Szogs, Kowalska and Buchowski (2015) London: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 212-227
  • McManus, J (2015) “Driven to Distraction: Turkish Diaspora Football Supporters, New Media and the Politics of Place-Making” Sociological Research Online 20, no. 2 (2015): 12
  • McManus, J (2013) “Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt: Besiktas fans and the commodification of football in Turkey“, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 45 (1), pp. 3-24


British Institute at Ankara (member)
School of Anthropology, Oxford University (postdoctoral associate)
Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth (member)
European Association of Social Anthropologists (member)
Middle East Studies Association (member)
Turkish Migration Studies Group (TurkMiS), Oxford (associate)

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