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

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posted on 12.06.2019, 13:50 by Alison K. 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.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Sport and Social Issues

Volume

43

Issue

6

Pages

531-550

Citation

BOWES, A.K. and BAIRNER, A., 2019. Three lions on her shirt: Hot and banal nationalism for England's sportswomen. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Doi: 10.1177/0193723519850878

Publisher

© the Authors. Published by SAGE

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

04/04/2019

Publication date

2019-05-31

Copyright date

2019

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Journal of Sport and Social Issues and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/0193723519850878

ISSN

0193-7235

Language

en