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Race Questions, Provincialism, and Other American
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Josiah Royce, Scott L. Pratt, and Shannon Sullivan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231324

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823231324.001.0001

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Football and Ideal

Football and Ideal

(p.210) Football and Ideal
Race Questions, Provincialism, and Other American Problems

Josiah Royce

Fordham University Press

This chapter, first published as an essay in 1908, follows the argument of the physical training chapter in the original Race Questions volume. According to Royce, football is a great social force in their country. The general point is that while the players may be cultivating loyalty in their play, the spectators are not. He has in mind big sports events where the behavior of the spectators is that of a crowd—a release from thinking rather than an effort to cultivate loyalty. The chapter claims that the problem is that many claim that sport fosters loyalty in the crowd because of fan commitment. However, Royce argues that it mistakenly suggests that cheering for a team and celebrating their victories are loyalty. While the athletes work hard and learn the skills of loyalty, the spectators do nothing or, worse, do things that undermine loyalty.

Keywords:   football, social force, spectators, team, athletes, sports events

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