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Amateur Football – Identity and Memory
Amateur Football – Identity and Memory

Author(s): Iva Kyurkchieva
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Cultural history, Customs / Folklore, Human Geography, Regional Geography, Sociology, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Oral history, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: football;local identity;museum;local communities;

Summary/Abstract: This paper analyses the role of a village near Sofia’s football tournament and the football museum established in that same village as specific times and places of memory.The author’s interest is provoked by the fact that football occupies a significant part of the living world of the bearers of that culture; it touches them emotionally and their experiences related to it are extremely important to them. Football gives meaning to their workdays and holidays and at the same time, it becomes a kind of regulator of neighbourly and village relations. It also contributes to the adaptation of young people into modern society. The football occupations of the local people seriously influence their social life. By means of football, they provide themselves with the components of their local identity construction, which increase communal confidence and differentiate them from others.

  • Issue Year: V/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 112-126
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English