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Stade de France and Wembley as Social Space: A Tale of Two Stadiums

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Hugh Dauncey


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The social space of national stadia can be understood as increasingly 'political'. In fact, these two examples are case-studies of 'political' dimensions of national stadia which are intrinsic to them qua symbols of national identity, but in addition to unhappy 'politicisations' of Wembley and the Stade de France through terrorism, these sites of sport and social space have experienced other less 'catastrophic' forms of political expression over their brief existences, and this chapter will endeavour to unpack a range of these politicisations, engaging with B. Anderson's theories of 'imagined community', and J.-M. Brohm's conceptualisations of football as an 'une peste émotionnelle'.

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Author(s): Dauncey H

Editor(s): Alpan B; Ranc D; Herd K

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: The Political Football Stadium. Identity Discourses and Power Struggles

Year: 2023

Pages: 171-197

Online publication date: 02/07/2023

Acceptance date: 21/07/2022

Series Title: Part of the Football Research in an Enlarged Europe book series

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-29144-9_9

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9783031291432