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Terrorism and the abnormality of sport in Northern Ireland

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Hassan, David and O'Kane, Philip (2012) Terrorism and the abnormality of sport in Northern Ireland. International Journal for the Sociology of Sport, 47 (3). pp. 397-413. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/1012690211433483

Abstract

This article examines the rationale for the limited use of sport by a range of paramilitaryorganizations in Northern Ireland to supplement their wider political and ideological aspirations. In any divided society all aspects of life are recruited to reveal and occasionally contribute to this separation and periodically, when seeking to attack or undermine ‘the other’, their sporting pursuits and interests become part of any military offensive. Whilst it is wrong to suggest that sport was a consistent or substantial factor in the ethno-sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, which unfolded over the latter part of the 20th century, it was used in a strategic manner by terror organizations and thus its deployment was rarely ill-conceived even if the outcomes of their actions were almost always unjustifiable and, ultimately, futile.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Sport, Terrorism, Northern Ireland
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > Ulster Sports Academy
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
ID Code:23716
Deposited By:Professor David Hassan
Deposited On:12 Nov 2012 16:14
Last Modified:22 Nov 2012 09:09

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