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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 1.71

Memories of sports in Taiwan. Remember, forget and feel to belong


  • Dr. Jérôme SOLDANI

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Sports are as much a provider of memories as sensations, both linked, which are powerful markers of belonging to multiple levels, for an individual as for a group. It is not only about opposition through confrontations, punctual or regular, because to play according to the same rules is to share a moment, a space, a memory in common. Choosing to favor a sport other than the one favored by neighbors also means making its own difference. With a sporting history of more than a century and displaying a certain heterogeneity in the geographical and social distribution of practices - contrary to what the apparent hegemony of baseball and basketball suggests - Taiwan offers a complex sports space where the entanglement of individual and collective experiences helps to build a form of cultural intimacy. From this point of view, how the memories made up of sports practices are constitutive of the mechanisms of belonging in the Taiwanese context? In an ethnographic perspective, based on observations and discourses collected during several surveys on the Taiwanese sports system, between 2006 and 2016, this paper proposes to question the personal relationship that Taiwanese have with some sports practices or teams through their experiences and memories; how the memory shared around some sporting events aggregate people within groups in the Taiwanese contexts and, finally, how evocation of memories, forgetting, or sometimes the voluntary obliteration of facts or persons are the frame of identity claims founded on the memory and the affirmation of values.