Cricket Event as Ritual: Potentials and Limits of Durkheim’s Concept of Ritual Usage for Understanding the Aspects of Community Life [poster]

Authors

ŽÁKOVÁ Michaela

Year of publication 2021
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
Description “Football is like a religion in Italy.” “Cricket is a religion in India.” These phrases show the convergence between religion and sport in public discourse, in which sports environments are shrouded in value systems, collective beliefs, and identities, and successful team players presented as gods. Thus, the relationship between these two areas became the subject of academics. The authors have discussed sports as new religious expressions in modernity and sporting events as rituals connecting diverse individuals. The poster presentation contributes to the academic discussion by portraying the study of one specific sport case. Based on data from observations and interviews in the cricket events in the Czech Republic, it evaluates the usefulness of Durkheim’s concept of ritual as an analytical tool used for understanding the meanings of sport for community life, especially group cohesion. What is the relationship between sport and religion? Which types of theoretical or methodological problems does the concept of ritual allow us to find out and what does not reveal to us? How can we use it effectively to study aspects of sports life? The poster reconsiders the work of the “founder” of modern sociology and suggests possible answers to the above questions.
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