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Title: Soccer and Identity : A Case Study. (The Role Played by Soccer in Expressing and Reinforcing National, Religious and Regional Identities and their Myths in Scotland.) (Part I)
Authors: SMITH, Ian
Issue Date: 31-Oct-1994
Publisher: 北海学園大学人文学会
Abstract: This paper will examine the impact of the sport of soccer on different tiers of group identity-religious, regional and ultimately, national-in Scotland, an area of Europe where such identities are much in evidence. The sport will be studied both as a means for expressing and reinforcing concepts of identity, and as an contributor to the myths that surround these concepts. The paper is divided into two parts. The first part presents an overview of the subject, beginning with an introductory passage showing the relevance of soccer to identity in the modern world. This is followed by a brief account of Scotland's history, explaining how concepts of identity, and the myths shaping and fueling them, were forged during the centuries before and after union with England in 1707. Further sections describe the development of soccer and its arrival in Scotland, and show how it interacts with Scotland's modern cultural myths to acquire a powerful place in the country's psyche. With this background information in place, the second part looks at each tier of identity in detail. Firstly, there is an examination of how the soccer clubs Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers have become symbols of the Catholic and Protestant communities in the west of Scotland, and reinforce each community's sense of its position in Scottish and British society. Secondly, the main soccer clubs of Scotland's northeast coastal region, Aberdeen and Dundee United, are studied as symbols of the region's new-found prosperity and confidence, and its distrust of central authority in Scotland. The final section investigates the links-in popular myth if not always in reality-between Scottish aspirations for political autonomy and the fortunes of its national soccer team; and between soccer and Scottish attitudes towards England and Europe.
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