`Football Remembers':The Collective Memory of Football in the Spectacle of British Military Commemoration


This article examines two major rituals of contemporary national life in the UK: association football and military commemoration. It explores the ways in which remembering is enacted and performed within UK football and how these processes are related to issues of power, agency and identity in Britain today. Employing the concepts of collective memory and spectacle, this article argues that ‘memory entrepreneurs’ have sought to embed football as ‘site of memory’ in the performance of military commemoration. It concludes that this has contributed to the transformation of military commemoration, from a ritual that is observed to a spectacle that is consumed. This paper thus contributes to emergent debates on the militarization of civilian space, the shifting nature of civil–military relations in the twenty-first century, and the role of military remembrance in the reproduction of Britishness.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17526272.2021.1930701
Divisions: School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics & International Relations
School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
School of Social Sciences & Humanities
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non- commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Remembrance,commemoration,football,nationalism,memory entrepreneurs,collective memory,spectacle
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Published Date: 2021-06-01
Published Online Date: 2021-06-01
Accepted Date: 2021-05-12
Authors: Fitzpatrick, Daniel (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7044-0103)

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