'You're not fit to wear the shirt': towards a cultural sociology of the football shirt
Kendall, Gavin P. & Osbaldiston, Nick (2010) 'You're not fit to wear the shirt': towards a cultural sociology of the football shirt. In Social Causes, Private Lives: Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association Conference 2010, The Australian Sociological Association, Sydney, NSW, pp. 1-12.
The world of football is a matter of life and death for many of its fans, and has also attracted much sociological attention. Much of this scholarly work focuses on issues such as deviance, identity, globalisation and commodification (Elias and Dunning 1986; Giulianotti and Robertson 2009). More recently, there has been some evidence of a cultural approach to football and to the football shirt (Benzecry 2008). In this paper, we seek to develop this trend by examining the football shirt as a totem, and by understanding it as inserted into circuits of the sacred and the profane, and the authentic and the inauthentic. Through examples such as shirt throwing, badge kissing, shirt swapping and supporters‟ efforts to construct alternative, protest strips, we show that the football shirt is deeply embedded in narratives of authenticity, sacredness and profaneness. In doing so, we aim to represent football as a rich cultural practice, which involves secular rituals and performances.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education|
|Deposited On:||09 Feb 2012 12:35|
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2012 10:54|
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