9781781259221

What We Think About When We Think About Football

Simon Critchley


Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9781781259221
Published: May 2018

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What do we think about when we think about football? Football is about so many things: memory, history, place, social class, gender (especially masculinity, but increasingly femininity too), family identity, tribal identity, national identity, the nature of groups. It is essentially collaborative, even socialist, yet it exists in a sump of greed, corruption, capitalism and autocracy.

Philosopher Simon Critchley attempts to make sense of it all, and to establish a system of aesthetics - even poetics - to show what is beautiful in the beautiful game. He explores, too, how the experience of watching football opens a particular dimension in time; how its magic wards off oblivion; how its dramas play out national identity and non-identity; how we spectators, watching football with tragic pensiveness, participate in the play. And of course, as a football fan, he writes about his heroes and villains: about Zidane and Cruyff, Clough and Revie, Shankly and Klopp.

Details
  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • ISBN13: 9781781259221
  • Published: May 2018
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Width (mm): 111
  • Height (mm): 178
  • Depth (mm): 14
  • Weight (g): 160

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