‘If I ever play football, Dad, can I play for England or India?’ British Asians, sport and diasporic national identities

Burdsey, Daniel (2006) ‘If I ever play football, Dad, can I play for England or India?’ British Asians, sport and diasporic national identities Sociology, 40 (1). pp. 11-28. ISSN 1469-8684

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Official URL: htp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038506058435

Abstract

The overall scope of this article is to examine how young British Asians experience and articulate recent transformations in popular notions of ‘race’, nation and culture. The context for the analysis is sport, which acts as a prominent arena in which these variables are contested and, indeed, embodies the complexities of national affiliations and identities.The article argues that despite continuing ethnically exclusive manifestations of ‘Englishness’ – both in football and in the wider society – increasing numbers of young British Asians are expressing their support for the England football team.This is in direct contrast to cricket, where large numbers choose to follow a team from the Indian subcontinent.The article argues that these trends reflect the multifaceted, fragmented nature of diasporic identities, in that the diverse sporting affiliations of young British Asians enable them to emphasize both their cultural traditions and the permanency of South Asian settlement in Britain.

Item Type:Journal article
Additional Information:Copyright Sage Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords:British Asians • diaspora • football • hybridity • identity • ‘race’ • sport
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
DOI (a stable link to the resource):doi: 10.1177/0038038506058435
Faculties:Faculty of Education and Sport > Chelsea School
ID Code:1376
Deposited By:Chelsea editor
Deposited On:24 Sep 2007
Last Modified:21 Mar 2013 02:19

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