Staging and performing identity at the croke park classic: A note on sport, geography and neoliberalism

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-40
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Geography
Volume7
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • American football
  • Dublin
  • Neoliberalism
  • Sport expansion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development

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