What we think when we think about football
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
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.
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