Soldiers, sashes and shamrocks: football and social identity in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Burdsey, Daniel and Chappell, R (2003) Soldiers, sashes and shamrocks: football and social identity in Scotland and Northern Ireland Sociology of Sport Online, 6 (1).

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Abstract

This article demonstrates the nexus between social identity and football in the context of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Drawing on theories of social identity, it highlights the manner in which supporting particular football clubs in these nations operates alongside other social processes to constitute individuals’ social identities. This article argues that in many cases, one’s affiliation with a particular club represents the combination of number of specific social, political and religious attributes and that football remains one of the few public arenas in which the exhibition and articulation of these sentiments is permitted.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural studies; northern ireland; scotland; football; sport and leisure cultures;
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L350 Religion
L000 Social Sciences > L900 Cultural Studies
L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L330 Ethnic studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport > Chelsea School
Depositing User: Chelsea editor
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2012 08:43
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1811

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