In Consuming Persib

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  • Title: In Consuming Persib: Consumption, Production, and Identities of Bobotoh
  • Author(s): Tisna Prabasmoro, Trisna Gumilar, Ladinata
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: New Directions in the Humanities
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies
  • Keywords: Bandung, Bobotoh, Films, Songs, Football, Identity, Persib
  • Volume: 17
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2327-0055 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-2376 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-0055/CGP/v17i01/55-72
  • Citation: Prabasmoro, Tisna , Trisna Gumilar, and Ladinata. 2019. "In Consuming Persib: Consumption, Production, and Identities of Bobotoh." The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies 17 (1): 55-72. doi:10.18848/2327-0055/CGP/v17i01/55-72.
  • Extent: 18 pages

Abstract

This research considers the social importance of football-themed films and songs, and more specifically, discusses their use and role in the construction of identity and football and social narratives. In order to do this, the research focuses on the Persib-themed documentary films “Biru Darahku” and “Buligir Day,” and songs/chants called “Kami Biru,”“ Persib Jiwa Raga Kami,” “Sang Pangeran Biru,” and “Mars Bomber.” The aims of this research are threefold. First, to consider more local culture in researches on the cultural study of football and fandom so that they are not assumed to have unfolded in the same way everywhere. Second, to add weight to the argument in scholarly research for the consideration of films, documentary films, and songs, and specifically Persib-themed films and songs. Finally, this research assesses Bandung’s football in the contemporary social context and as more than just a game on the pitch. This research argues that personal commitment and shared emotional events are fundamental elements of bobotoh identity formation.