'It's just superstition I suppose ... I've always done something on game day': The construction of everyday life on a university basketball team

CHERRINGTON, James (2014). 'It's just superstition I suppose ... I've always done something on game day': The construction of everyday life on a university basketball team. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 49 (5), 509-525.

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    Abstract

    Research in sport has tended to focus on ‘spectacular’ or ‘extra-ordinary’ experiences, at the expense of discussing how particular phenomena are embedded in everyday life. Drawing on ethnographic research with a university basketball team in the North of England, this article considers the meanings that amateur players attach to basketball and how such meanings go beyond their participation in competitive games. Analysis reveals the rhythms and rituals which are hugely important in determining the players’ sense of self. It also highlights the carnivalesque celebrations which allow the players to temporarily disrupt the status quo and experiment with alternative identities. In conclusion, it is argued that the meaning of sport should not be seen as rigid, determining and predictable, but rather a creative experience that is largely dependent on the subjective appropriation of time and place.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sport Industry Research Centre
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1012690212461632
    Page Range: 509-525
    Depositing User: Rebecca Jones
    Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2013 11:11
    Last Modified: 16 Sep 2020 12:00
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6753

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