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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-28
Number of pages18
JournalSociology
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

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Keywords

  • British Asians • diaspora • football • hybridity • identity • ‘race’ • sport

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