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The sociability of sport: Scotland football supporters as interpreted through the sociology of Georg Simmel

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posted on 12.08.2014 by Richard Giulianotti
Georg Simmel is one of sociology’s most influential early figures, although arguably his work has been under-utilized in many scholarly fields, including sport studies. Some of Simmel’s most important theoretical and substantive arguments are deployed to develop a sociological analysis of a specific sports subculture: the ‘Tartan Army’ of supporters that travels to Scotland football matches. Of particular interest are Simmel’s formal sociological standpoint, differentiation of social and cultural forms, development of dualistic thinking, analyses of human sociability, writings on ‘the stranger’ and ‘the adventure’, and his concern with individuality in modern metropolitan culture. In applying Simmel’s insights, I explore the formal emergence and organic development of the Tartan Army as a distinctive supporter culture. The Tartan Army, like many sports crowds, affords an outstanding study in Simmelian sociability, while providing adventure and a possible escape from our overwhelming modern culture. The article concludes by considering Simmel’s wider utility within the sociology of sport.

Funding

The research for this article was financed through a grant from the UK Economic and Social Research Council (award number R000239833).

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

International Review for the Sociology of Sport

Volume

40

Issue

3

Pages

289 - 306

Citation

GIULIANOTTI, R., 2005. The sociability of sport: Scotland football supporters as interpreted through the sociology of Georg Simmel. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 40 (3), pp. 289-306.

Publisher

© SAGE

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2005

ISSN

1012-6902

eISSN

1461-7218

Language

en

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