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The Gaelic Athletic Association, Transnational Identities and Irish-America

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Darby, Paul (2010) The Gaelic Athletic Association, Transnational Identities and Irish-America. Sociology of Sport Journal, 27 (4). pp. 351-370. [Journal article]

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This article draws on the concept of transnationalism in order to examine the role and function of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) amongst Irish migrant communities in the United States. In particular, it examines the role of the GAA in the production and reproduction of shifting notions of Irish national identification in America. The analyses here are rooted in ethnographic research conducted in the US and Ireland and are informed, theoretically, by the work of Basch, Glick-Schiller and Szanton Blanc (1994) and Duany (2002) on transnational identities. The article argues that Irish nationalism, as constructed and articulated in and through the GAA in America, can be considered as a deterritorialized form of identity rather than one that is necessarily limited or constrained by national borders.

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:17393
Deposited By:Dr Paul Darby
Deposited On:02 Mar 2011 11:54
Last Modified:29 Oct 2012 11:05

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