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

Daniel Burdsey, R. Chappell

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSociology of Sport Online
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

Keywords

  • cultural studies
  • northern ireland
  • scotland
  • football
  • sport and leisure cultures

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