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Images of Scottishness and Otherness in International Football

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Who is Scottish? What is Scottish? What does Scottish mean in the sporting context? International football's 'Tartan Army' of Scottish supporters is commonly viewed as amongst the most vociferous, loyal, entertaining and best behaved of supporters. This paper uses Scottish international football to explore expressions of Scottishness amongst those who regularly follow the Scottish international team. As the country's most significant and popular sport, a survey of the international football supporters partly acts as a gauge of who subscribes to current as well as dominant notions of Scottish national identities and what these mean in the context of this section of Scottish opinion. As well as assisting in an exploration of Scottish identities, this research provides comment on some of the social, religious, national and political nuances involved in Scottish football generally.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Stirling

Publication date: March 1, 2003

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