The Figuration of a Liquid Modern and Globalized Team Since the Acquisition by TV Azteca

Daniel Añorve Añorve
  • Journal of Sport & Social Issues, November 2015, SAGE Publishing
  • DOI: 10.1177/0193723515615179

Innovative approach to the configuration of soccer-scapes in a corporate-controlled environment

What is it about?

People often attend stadiums to watch a sheer-sport show; however, approaching sports (in this case soccer) with sociological lenses, allows us to appreciate how the combination of players, coaches, and spaces within and surrounding a stadium figurate truly interesting and revealing sports-scapes (soccer-scapes in the case of this study).

Why is it important?

Bestsellers such as Franklin Foer's How Soccer Explains the World or Umberto Eco's Umberto Eco y el Fútbol have dealt with soccer; however, they focus on a sport that is taken as a given and from that understanding, they connect it to other areas of the social reality. This study, does not take the soccer-scape for granted. Indeed, its uniqueness resides in the fact that it helps to understand, drawing heavily on Norbert Elias and Zygmunt Bauman, how the soccer-scape is figured in the time of liquid modernity. In conclusion, the emphasis is not on how soccer impacts others spheres, but how what we call the soccer present figuration has been constructed.

Perspectives

Dr Daniel Añorve (Author)
Universidad de Guanajuato

This study is particulariy useful for those who want to contrast continuity and change within the most popular sport in the world, that is soccer. It intends to explain major sociological processes that have spaked off an increasingly rapid rotation of several factors of production involved in this important economic and cultural activity, such as players, coaches, the miscellaneous spaces inside and around the stadium, and the fans. Moreover, it explains why soccer main actors have increasingly lost loyalty to the teams they represent.

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