'Anyone But England‘, Glasgow 2014 and the independence referendum: exploring the role of narratives in the sociological study of Scottish sport

Whigham, Stuart J (2013) 'Anyone But England‘, Glasgow 2014 and the independence referendum: exploring the role of narratives in the sociological study of Scottish sport. In: British Sociological Association Sport Study Group Postgraduate Forum, 6th September 2013, Canterbury Christ Church University. (Submitted)

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Abstract

Drawing upon the findings of my MSc dissertation and the proposed methodology for my current PhD thesis, this paper will critically reflect upon the potential uses of narrative analysis within the sociological study of sport. The majority of this paper will consider the expression of anti-English sentiment by Scots in relation to both sporting and wider social contexts. Drawing upon the conceptual framework of ‘narrative identity’ proposed by Somers (1994), data was generated through semi-structured interviews focusing upon the ‘ontological’ and ‘public’ narratives of Scottish identity as expressed by Scots living in England. The relationship between Scotland and England is argued to be heavily influenced by the existence of an ‘underdog mentality’ grand ‘public narrative’ for Scots in relation to their English neighbours, based on perceived differences in economic and sporting resources. This ‘underdog mentality’ is argued to act as a legitimating force for the expression of anti-English sentiment within an individual’s ‘ontological narrative’ in both a sporting and wider social context. The paper concludes by reflecting upon the benefits of adopting a narrative analysis approach, and outlining the proposed use of similar methods within my PhD research on the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Scottish independence referendum.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014; Scottish Independence; National identity
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 301 Sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences > 305 Social groups
300 Social sciences > 325 International migration & colonization
School/Department: School of Education, Theology and Leadership
Depositing User: Stuart Whigham
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 09:22
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2014 09:22
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/712

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