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CULT AND SPORT: THE CASE OF BIG RED
Mid-American Review of Sociology
Vol. 2, No. 2 (WINTER 1977), pp. 29-42
Published by: Social Thought and Research
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23252571
Page Count: 14
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This paper explores the importance of sport in our society. Several metaphors for sports are presented, including the military and religion. It is argued that for some fans, sport takes on the quality of a secular religion which serves to offer continuity in life, an institutionalized agency for catharsis, a transcendent experience giving followers an escape from the mundane, and a sense of belonging. Using football at the University of Nebraska as an example, empirical support is given for the notion of sport as civil religion.
Mid-American Review of Sociology © 1977 Social Thought and Research