National identities, European identity and cosmopolitanism: the case of female golf fans at the 2019 Solheim Cup

Bairner, A., Bowes, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-5635-106X, Kitching, N. and Whigham, S., 2023. National identities, European identity and cosmopolitanism: the case of female golf fans at the 2019 Solheim Cup. Nations and Nationalism. ISSN 1354-5078 (Forthcoming)

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The aim of this paper is to consider the relationship between sport and identity formation by examining testimonies of 24 British women who attended The Solheim Cup golf tournament in 2019 to support a transnational team made up of professional European women players. The diverse range of relationships between sport, national teams and the formation and reproduction of national identities has attracted widespread attention. Rather less is known, however, about the effects of transnational sports teams on identity formation, not least for the simple reason that examples of such teams in global competition are relatively rare. The Solheim Cup, contested by teams of female professional golfers representing the United States and Europe, is one such example, and its 2019 iteration provides the main focus of this study. The data set consists of interviews with women who attended the competition which took place in a period of political uncertainty between the UK electorate voting to leave the European Union and Brexit actually taking place. The paper analyses the women’s views in relation to national identity, European identity, and cosmopolitanism. Although it emerges that most of the women felt more European in the context of a competition involving a team representing Europe and were opposed to the UK leaving the European Union, they could also be described as cosmopolitan as a result of their educational level, social class and experience of living in or regularly visiting foreign countries.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Nations and Nationalism
Creators: Bairner, A., Bowes, A., Kitching, N. and Whigham, S.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 20 July 2023
ISSN: 1354-5078
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 28 Jul 2023 10:54
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2023 10:54

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