La passion partisane dans l'espace privé : le cas des partisans du Canadien de Montréal

Authors: Minko, Patrick
Advisor: Roberge, Martine
Abstract: This research offers an ethnography of partisanship, more specifically the partisanship of the passion that lights up the Montreal Canadian supporters, through the transmission of hockey games, during the 2012-2013 season. Unlike the diverse researches on partisanship which concentrate on the sports entertainment from the point of view of stadiums (from the stages and within), or of the overexcited atmosphere of the sports bars, this analysis focuses on a group of sporting amateurs who, in spite of their considerable number, have held poor or no attention from researchers. There are two goals to this research: study how supporters express their fervor in a private context within their homes and analyze the enthusiasm of the sporting amateurs often qualified as “living room athletes”. The ingenuity of this research relies on the private context insight as well as on the vast majority of supporters who watch hockey games in their living room; this point of view provides a powerful field of observation for the ethnologist. To lead this analysis successfully, we have chosen to describe the expression of partisanship passion through four participants. To achieve this, the multisite ethnography approach presents itself to be a pertinent methodology to observe the private space of the latter. Through the in situ and participative observations, we have had the opportunity to sense the particularities of various profiles of the Montreal Canadian supporter whilst watching hockey games on television. The “partisan rhetoric” allows us to identify the manifestations of this fervor which expresses contrasted feelings according to the different plays of the game and which oscillate between admiration, resentment, humour and pessimism depending on the results of the match, the rank of the team or the rank of the opposite team. We were also interested in the supporters private setting during the hockey game broadcasts. Analyzed under the magnifying glass of the “Goffmanian” theatrical metaphor, the unlocked ritualization observed from each “representation" offered by the supporter involves diverse performances of actors, as well as the management of these performances. This stages the dramatization of the representation as well as the movements of the supporters between the scene and the backstage, giving a glimpse of unclear feelings and giving way to a more or less assertive passion. Throughout the connections between sports entertainment, passion leisure and festive leisure, we examined the diversity of hockey games broadcasts at home. The latter, it appears, represents more than just a basic weekly entertainment for hockey fans. Broadcast of hockey games on television constructs a televisual community by making every Montreal Canadian hockey game a singular moment where all the supporters share a common thrill. The television fans, by their passive participation, remain however full fans. The supporter literally stages himself and expresses his fervour with passion in every hockey game, which makes the sports entertainment a true passion leisure with a festive atmosphere.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2019
Open Access Date: 30 September 2019
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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