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What We Think About When We Talk About Football

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by Simon Critchley

What do we think about when we think about football? Football is about so many things: memory, history, place, social class, family identity, tribal identity, national identity. It is essentially collaborative, even socialist, yet it exists in a sump of greed, corruption, capitalism and autocracy.

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What We Think About When We Talk About Football

What do we think about when we think about football? Football is about so many things: memory, history, place, social class, family identity, tribal identity, national identity. 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 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; the way its dramas play out national identity and non-identity; how we spectators, watching football with tragic pensiveness, participate in the play. And 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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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 11.1 × 1.4 × 17.8 cm