Football: Spectacularly Insignificant or Unspectacularly Significant?

Stone, Chris (2017) Football: Spectacularly Insignificant or Unspectacularly Significant? Soccer & Society. ISSN 1466-0970

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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 it is both significant and insignificant through the relationship between spectacular and unspectacular consumption. The ‘everyday’ is used both descriptively and conceptually. The former is illustrated through examples of the ordinary ways in which football becomes entwined with other elements of everyday life. The latter, rooted in the works of everyday life theorists, provides the philosophical tools for contextualising the meaning of the ‘everyday’. This is then put into perspective with contemporary understandings of living in a fragmented and fluid world which raise further questions about the ordinariness of football culture as part of people’s everyday lives.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Soccer & Society on December 24, 2014, available online:
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Business School
Depositing User: Chris Stone
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 09:46
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 09:46

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