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Football, diaspora, and Turkish Cypriot identity in London

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posted on 2024-04-26, 10:43 authored by Rahsan Inal, Alan BairnerAlan Bairner

This study aims to understand and explain the impact of football on both diaspora formation and the construction/reproduction of ethno-national identities, focusing on constructionist practices in this process. In this context, an ethnographic field study was conducted for six months in an amateur football league established by Turkish Cypriots in London, England. The theoretical framework is modelled on the concept of diaspora proposed by Roger Brubaker. The study shows that it is possible for a dispersed population to come together in diaspora through football. However, the process is not spontaneous but takes place through the active role of core members. Secondly, the paper provides evidence that football-centred practices of ethnic national identity construction are actively reproduced through "from below" dynamics, in a diaspora-specific context.

Funding

Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) under the 2219 International Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Sport in Society

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Sport in Society. İnal, R., & Bairner, A. (2024). Football, diaspora, and Turkish Cypriot identity in London. Sport in Society, 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2024.2344783. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Acceptance date

2024-04-11

Publication date

2024-04-25

Copyright date

2024

ISSN

1743-0437

eISSN

1743-0445

Language

  • en

Depositor

Prof Alan Bairner. Deposit date: 26 April 2024

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