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Excitement and representation: towards a sociological explanation of the significance of sport in modern society



Excitement and representation: towards a sociological explanation of the significance of sport in modern society



Quest National Association for Physical Education in Higher Education 41(3): 257-271



The social significance of sport and its power to command mass interest and emotional involvement are considered. With reference to the sociological theories of Ellis, Dunning and Durkheim, attention is directed on the one hand to the ways excitement is generated by the structured dynamics of sporting encounters, and on the other hand to a view of sport as an essential expressive activity in which significant social and cultural characteristics are represented in symbolic forms.

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