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Three lions on her shirt: Hot and banal nationalism for England’s sportswomen

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posted on 04.09.2019 by Ali Bowes, Alan Bairner
It has long been claimed that sport plays an important role in the formulation of national identity. Key to understanding this relationship is Michael Billig’s concept of banal nationalism, which is used in this article to examine national symbols that act as daily reminders of the nation. Specifically, the article discusses the relationship between Englishness and sport by drawing upon data from interviews with representative English sportswomen in association football, cricket, netball, and rugby union. The article demonstrates the important role that (men’s) sport plays in developing a sense of national identity in England and, in particular, one that is distinct from Britishness. Furthermore, the significance of national symbols is evidenced as banal reminders of national identity for England’s sportswomen.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Sport and Social Issues

Volume

43

Issue

6

Pages

531 - 550

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

Ali Bowes and Alan Bairner, Three lions on her shirt: Hot and banal nationalism for England’s sportswomen, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, (43, 6) pp. 531-550. Copyright © 2019 (The Authors). DOI: 10.1177/0193723519850878. Users who receive access to an article through a repository are reminded that the article is protected by copyright. Users may download and save a local copy of an article accessed in an institutional repository for the user's personal reference.

Acceptance date

04/04/2019

Publication date

2019-05-31

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

0193-7235

eISSN

1552-7638

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Alan Bairner

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