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Making sense of ‘Ireland’, sport and identity: the craft of doing sociology

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posted on 20.05.2021, 13:32 by K Liston, Joseph Maguire
Eric Dunning influenced the development of curricula and research agendas in sociology, history, social science and sports studies, internationally, in the UK and in Ireland. Dunning was also doctoral supervisor to, and academic colleague/mentor and friend of, both authors (at Leicester, Dublin and Chester). Inspired by him, this paper reflects on the craft of sociological research. The case study is the struggle for recognition of ‘Ireland’ in international athletics and the associated painstaking ongoing archival and mixed methods research work in multiple venues, involving sporting, state and personal papers, interviews and oral history sources. Such a history of the social dynamics of charisma and shame between the so-called ‘mother country’ (Great Britain) and a restless dominion (Ireland) was by no means structureless or patternless, but ontologically interdependent with life today. Accordingly, we consider several themes: the interplay between theory and evidence, the involvement-detachment balance and exploring knowledge figurations. In line with Dunning (and Elias), the paper adopts an anticipatory motif, that is to say, the work of understanding social relations between the ‘British’ and ‘Irish’ ‘then’ and ‘now’ is not finished. This work is one step in carrying forth the baton–the stock of intergenerational knowledge–about doing sociology, handed to us in trust by Dunning.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Sport in Society

Volume

23

Issue

10

Pages

1587 - 1605

Publisher

ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Taylor and Francis

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport in Society on 15 Sep 2020, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2020.1814572

Publication date

2020-09-15

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1743-0437

eISSN

1743-0445

Language

en

Depositor

Deposit date: 18 May 2021