This online short-course analyses football’s relation to the religious world. Too often in the past, football has been defined narrowly as a sort of secular religiosity, with no appreciation of the complex social identities within the sport. This course will explore how religious practice intersects and overlaps with the beautiful game. We will use both a historical framework to highlight the longevity and intricacies of this relationship, and an approach that posits football as an analytical window for examining broader geopolitical and social forces. In particular, we will examine whether football can be viewed as a vehicle for the socio-political integration of marginalised groups into wider society, and the extent to which religious belonging is a facilitator or obstacle for any tensions that arise.
The course will examine the following questions:
- What is the view among religious organisations on the role of football in society?
- Is the global and growing interest in football a challenge to religion, or a positive force for religious organisations?
- How does football contribute to nationalist discourses that exclude certain religious practices from its purview?
- Can the sport be used for the socio-political integration of marginalised groups into wider society, and to what extent is religious belonging used as a vehicle to ameliorate tensions that arise?
*The course will be delivered via Zoom. Readings and further details will be provided later upon registration.
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