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Title: The sociability of sport: Scotland football supporters as interpreted through the sociology of Georg Simmel
Authors: Giulianotti, Richard
Keywords: Football
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: © SAGE
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.
Abstract: 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.
Sponsor: The research for this article was financed through a grant from the UK Economic and Social Research Council (award number R000239833).
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1012690205060095
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15503
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1012690205060095
ISSN: 1012-6902
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