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Where extremes meet: Sport, nationalism, and secessionism in Catalonia and Scotland

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posted on 10.09.2019, 12:58 by Mariann Vaczi, Alan Bairner, Stuart Whigham
In this essay, we trace the symbolic conundrums of belonging and of the reconciliation of identities, in the context of Catalan and Scottish sport and politics. Our discussion will commence with a necessarily concise consideration of past academic contentions regarding the national “psyches,” which have been argued to shape contemporary notions of identity and politics in Catalonia and Scotland, before turning our attention to the specific role of sport vis‐à‐vis these psyches and the growing clamour for greater political autonomy for each of these stateless nations. On the basis of the evidence drawn from the interaction between sport and politics in the two nations, we argue that secessionism is a liminal field of transformation as it includes what is seen as mutually exclusive sets of relationships (Catalans vs. Spaniards, Scottish vs. British, and secessionists vs. unionists/centralists), which at the same time allows subjects to pass from one state to another and occupy them nonexclusively.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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Nations and Nationalism

Publisher

Wiley

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© The authors. ASEN/John Wiley & Sons Ltd

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Vaczi M, Bairner A, Whigham S. Where extremes meet: Sport, nationalism, and secessionism in Catalonia and Scotland. Nations and Nationalism. 2019;1–17, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/nana.12569. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

Acceptance date

19/06/2019

Publication date

2019-09-04

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1354-5078

eISSN

1469-8129

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Alan Bairner

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