The Role of Sports in the Formation of Personal Identities

Hughson, John Ewing orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7030-4806, Palmer, Clive Alan orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-9925-2811 and Skillen, Fiona (2012) The Role of Sports in the Formation of Personal Identities. Edwin Mellen Press, New York. ISBN 978-0-7734-2666-5

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It is appropriate to begin this brief introduction with an acknowledgement to Herbert Richardson of Edwin Mellen Press. The idea for the volume on ’Sport and Identity’ was Herbert’s, arising, as it did, during a pre-dinner conversation we had at the Film & History conference in Chicago in November 2008. I am sometimes wary about telling people that I am a professor within the relatively new academic domain of sport studies, as this usually leads to assumptions about a background in phsyiology (or a related scientific field) or, even when associated with the social sciences, pyschology. Given the subject matter of the conference that we were attending, such an assumption was not as likely as in other contexts, but I was nevertheless gratified by Herbert’s enthusiastic response to my declared professional interest in the social, cultural and historical study of sport. I cannot quite recall how the conversation developed, but do remember Herbert quickly putting forward the idea of a book on sport and identity; Herbert correctly recognising the topicality of identity as a theme within the social sciences and humanities and of sport as a subject matter to which considerations about identity are highly relevant.


Section title
Section author
Chris Hallinan
Introduction: Sport and identity
John Hughson
Workers’ fields: sport, politics, and landscape in inter-war South Wales
Daryl Leeworthy
Yorkshire, cricket and identity: an ethnographic analysis of Yorkshire cricket’s imagined community
Thomas Fletcher
The weight of shame: discourses of health on the N’s student body
Tiffany Henning
‘We’re not English, we are Scouse!’ Examining civic loyalty and collective fan identities at Liverpool Football Club
Joel Rookwood
Challenging the status quo of Irish Nationalism: Southern Nationalism, the Gaelic Athletic Association and Rule 42
Elizabeth Moreland
Women, sport and national identity in Ireland
Rachael Brooks
Consuming the physical and cultural practices of aboriginal peoples: spaces of exchange, conflict and (post)colonial power relations
Courtney Mason
Embodying difference: gender, identity and climbing
Rachel Dilley
A man before anything: soccer, violence and competing masculinities
Sean Morrissey
Sport’s me life: The role of sport in developing core, gender and civic identity in Australian young males
Neil Hall
Skate conform or die: the conflict of lifestyle sports identity and public policy
Daniel Turner

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