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Title: Emotional grounds: stories of football, memories, and emotions
Authors: Bairner, Alan
Keywords: Memory
Football grounds
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Elsevier Ltd
Citation: BAIRNER, A., 2014. Emotional grounds: stories of football, memories, and emotions. Emotion, Space and Society, 12, pp.18-23.
Abstract: Central to the emotional experience of watching sport is memory – the capacity to recall great achievements, triumphs and defeats. For most sports fans, these memories are collective. However, this essay seeks to shed light on the ways in which sporting spaces – in this case football grounds – are also sites of acts of intimate emotional remembering that can exert a powerful hold over individuals even after (or, in some instances, because) many years have elapsed and a certain distance travelled. The essay briefly discusses the sociological significance of emotion, memory and place before adopting a narrative approach to describe and interrogate the author's own memories of particular moments in time and in sporting space. The stories that are told represent an invocation of emotions that are now indelibly associated with specific football grounds at particular times and also, in some cases, with the people with whom the author experienced these places. The essay seeks to demonstrate that the emotions that can be prompted by memories of football grounds often exceed the immediate excitement created by the event and, at least as importantly, necessarily vary from one spectator to another.
Description: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Emotion, Space and Society. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Emotion, Space and Societ Volume 12, August 2014, Pages 18–23, doi:10.1016/j.emospa.2013.11.005
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.emospa.2013.11.005
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17673
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2013.11.005
ISSN: 1755-4586
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

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