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Hockey and Habitus: Sport and National Identity in Northern Ireland

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Liston, Katie/K and Moreland, Elizabeth/E (2009) Hockey and Habitus: Sport and National Identity in Northern Ireland. New Hibernia Review, 13 (4). pp. 127-140. [Journal article]

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URL: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/new_hibernia_review/summary/v013/13.4.liston.html

DOI: 10.1353/nhr.0.0115


In the official program of the 2005 European Hockey Nations' Championship held in Dublin, Lynsey McVicker, the captain of the Irish women's hockey team noted that, "When you are from Northern Ireland, sometimes you experience a confusion of identity—we're not quite the same as those from the Republic of Ireland. British or Irish? In a sense we [are] outsiders looking in." 1 Her comment highlights one dimension of a more complex social phenomenon: the question of national habitus, or what the pioneering sociologist Norbert Elias called those "traits of national group identity—what we call the 'national character'—[that] are a layer of social habitus built very deeply and firmly into the personality structure of the individual."

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
ID Code:12328
Deposited By:Dr Katie Liston
Deposited On:22 Mar 2010 11:53
Last Modified:12 Feb 2014 12:10

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