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Abstract: This thesis draws upon the author's fieldwork conducted in Dublin,
Ireland, focusing on a particular group of Shamrock Rovers Football Club supporters called
ultras. The primary focus of the SRFC Ultras is to create an aural and visual spectacle
through mass crowd participation in the hope that such modes of expression will have an
advantageous effect on the outcome of the game and ... read morecreate an evocative response from
individuals watching it. The Ultras' desired aesthetic aims to transform spectators into
participants who sing throughout the match, wave flags, light off marine flares, and
present hand-made displays. Such performative activities actualize a distinct community
that revolves around the Shamrock Rovers sporting narrative. Songs, chants, and all other
elements of "atmosphere" are a communicative act between opposing teams based upon the
unfolding match. Such experiences revolve around conflict, activating an array of emotions
and experiences that would not occur in day-to-day life.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Music.
Advisors: Rich Jankowsky, and David Locke.
Committee: David Locke, Jeffrey Summit, and Alessandra
Keywords: Music, and Cultural anthropology.read less