What We Think About When We Think About Football (Paperback)
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What We Think About When We Think About Football (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 03/05/2018
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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.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781259221
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 160 g
Dimensions: 178 x 111 x 14 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
A quick and agile book: a kind of metaphysic of the football match, done by the Messi of modern philosophy -- Shahidha Bari * Times Higher Education *
Simon Critchley is a figure of quite startling brilliance, and I can never guess what he'll do next, only that it is sure to sustain and nourish my appetite for his voice. -- Jonathan Lethem
Simon Critchley beguiles as he illuminates. -- David Mitchell
A beautiful book about the beautiful game ... the World Cup is coming - fans should start reading. -- John Kaag, author of American Philosophy: A Love Story

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