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Sporting memory and its heritagisation : the example of Roland-Garros

Abstract : This study aims to help establish a history of selecting and forgetting in the field of sport by examining the frameworks and representations which structure collective relationships with the past. Extending the field of memory to the sporting sphere directly implies highlighting a plurality of heritage notions and values together with as many issues of institutional legitimacy. In this respect, examining the memory-based strategy advocated by the French Tennis Federation at Roland-Garros shows the wish to build a common national heritage, in reaction to the many representations of sporting modernity. Through reappropriation of history, memory thus takes on the role of legitimising the various forms of modernity, by inscribing them into the continuity of sport through time. It also, however, raises the question of its own construction and instrumentalisation.
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Louis Violette, Michaël Attali. Sporting memory and its heritagisation : the example of Roland-Garros. French Cultural Studies, SAGE Publications, 2018, 29 (3), pp.279-289. ⟨10.1177/0957155818773940⟩. ⟨hal-02383882⟩

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