LE NOÉ Olivier

The Local Stakes of Soccer

Pouvoirs n°101 - Le football - avril 2002 - p.27-38

Given its cultural dimensions, soccer has become an inescapable part of the
political agenda at the local level. Local authorities are all the more willing to
take on the additional responsibilities that the image of their region will benefit
from the symbolic rallying power associated with soccer. As far as the discussion
of its social usefulness is concerned, the positive external effects it produces
seem to justify a status of exception similar to that of culture.


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