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‘It's in the game’: sport fans, film and digital gaming

Crawford, G 2008, '‘It's in the game’: sport fans, film and digital gaming' , Sport in Society, 11 (2-3) , pp. 130-145.

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Abstract

This essay compares the relative successes of sport-related films and sport-related digital games. Where sport-related films are relatively infrequent and even more rarely successful when compared with other genres of film, sport-related games are a popular and successful genre of digital gaming. In order to understand this discrepancy, and in particular, sport fans’ relationship with both film and games, this essays draws on the concept of ‘narrative’ and, specifically, Ricoeur’s ‘narrative identity’. Specifically, this essay suggests that sport teams/clubs are to some degree polysemic texts, which allow supporters to construct their own individual narratives around them. However, it is suggested that sport-related films, which tend to offer only limited narratives, are unlikely to fit with fans’ own narrative identities, whereas digital games, with their more fluid narratives, are more easily located within fans’ relationships and narratives with the teams/clubs they support.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Sport in Society
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1743-0437
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2011 11:26
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2014 10:26
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/19257

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