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Sport and Quality of LifeAtalanta, a Contemporary Myth that Challenges “Big Football”

Sport and Quality of Life: Atalanta, a Contemporary Myth that Challenges “Big Football” [Writing about football in a scientific way is quite a recent achievement: in the past, in fact, there was a sort of distrust in those who approached sports academically, particularly football. This attitude reflected the unhappy relationship that for a long time football had with the world of culture and science. The writer Galeano compared football to God, for the devotion held by a multitude of believers and the concurrent mistrust of many intellectuals (Galeano, 2012). In truth, this snobbish attitude was not shared by all cultured men, to the point that some intellectuals, also in the past, have argued in favor of conferring the right social importance to sports. To this end, Pier Paolo Pasolini, writer and poet among the most authoritative of the twentieth century, contended that sport is such an important cultural phenomenon that it would be negative for the ruling and intellectual class to ignore it (Pasolini, 2020). In fact, in 1933, the great poet Umberto Saba had already written his Cinque poesie per il gioco del calcio (Five poems for the game of football).] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Sport and Quality of LifeAtalanta, a Contemporary Myth that Challenges “Big Football”

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series Book Series (volume 84)
Editors: Corvo, Paolo; Massimo Lo Verde, Fabio
Sport and Quality of Life — Apr 20, 2022

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022
ISBN
978-3-030-93091-2
Pages
141 –156
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-93092-9_8
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Writing about football in a scientific way is quite a recent achievement: in the past, in fact, there was a sort of distrust in those who approached sports academically, particularly football. This attitude reflected the unhappy relationship that for a long time football had with the world of culture and science. The writer Galeano compared football to God, for the devotion held by a multitude of believers and the concurrent mistrust of many intellectuals (Galeano, 2012). In truth, this snobbish attitude was not shared by all cultured men, to the point that some intellectuals, also in the past, have argued in favor of conferring the right social importance to sports. To this end, Pier Paolo Pasolini, writer and poet among the most authoritative of the twentieth century, contended that sport is such an important cultural phenomenon that it would be negative for the ruling and intellectual class to ignore it (Pasolini, 2020). In fact, in 1933, the great poet Umberto Saba had already written his Cinque poesie per il gioco del calcio (Five poems for the game of football).]

Published: Apr 20, 2022

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