Football and religious experience: sociological reflections

Eyre, Anne (1997) Football and religious experience: sociological reflections. Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre.

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Abstract

Football (“soccer”) is a central aspect of contemporary British, European and even global culture – as the build-up to big international events such as the European Championships and the World Cup shows. This seems to be in sharp contrast to the profile of religion in contemporary societies, which appears to be declining in social significance. One of the challenges to proponents of Secularisation Theory, however, is an approach which embraces the private, unofficial and experiential dimensions of religiosity and hence allows for an analysis of the links between phenomena such as football and religion. This paper explores the ways in which football might be understood as a religion, including a search for transcendence. Though the comparison has been suggested before, the connections are specifically explored here with reference to key concepts within the sociology of religion, such as implicit religion and multi-dimensional models of religious commitment. The paper should be of interest to sociologists specialising in areas such as religion, sport and leisure, media studies and popular culture, and to those interested in the links between these fields.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Series: RERC Second Series Occasional Papers;11.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Experience (Religion), football, sociology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre > Second Series of Occasional Papers
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2014 14:08
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2016 14:19
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/386

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