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Staging and Performing Identity at the Croke Park Classic: A Note on Sport, Geography and Neoliberalism

Wise, NA (2016) Staging and Performing Identity at the Croke Park Classic: A Note on Sport, Geography and Neoliberalism. European Journal of Geography, 7 (4). pp. 34-40. ISSN 1792-1341

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Abstract

American Football has seen limited success in international markets until recently. This paper is based on participant observations that incorporate a geographical perspective of sport and identity focusing on an American Football event played in Dublin, Ireland. The aim of this paper is to discuss observations of how a popular American sport is staged and performed in a foreign setting. Many people from the United States travelled to Dublin to follow their university team. The event was staged to allow spectators to create a distinct atmosphere that was similar to a game played in the United States. There was much emphasis on (re)creating an American sporting experience. The match resembled a spectacle and a neoliberal discussion addresses commercialization, power, and contesting spaces.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: Association of European Geographers
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 10:11
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 03:59
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6653

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