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

Bowes, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-5635-106X and Bairner, A., 2019. Three lions on her shirt: hot and banal nationalism for England’s sportswomen. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 43 (6), pp. 531-550. ISSN 0193-7235

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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 (1995) 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 are evidenced as banal reminders of national identity for England’s sportswomen.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Sport and Social Issues
Creators: Bowes, A. and Bairner, A.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 1 December 2019
Volume: 43
Number: 6
ISSN: 0193-7235
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 17 Apr 2019 15:23
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2019 10:01

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