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Forty shades of green: Golf, national identity and the Olympic Games

Liston, Katie/K and kitching, niamh (2015) Forty shades of green: Golf, national identity and the Olympic Games. In: European Association for Sociology of Sport, Dublin. Not applicable. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

The arrival of the Ryder Cup in 2006 initiated a period of unprecedented golfing successin Ireland. From 2007 to 2014 nine of the thirty two major golf championships werewon by players from both north and south of the border: Padraig Harrington, DarrenClarke, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy. With the advent of golf into the 2016 Olympic Games, itself a key site for the construction of the nation, the allegiances of golfers from Northern Ireland has become more prominent in media coverage. This research examines how print and online newspapers have reported the national and regional identities of the four golfers in the years 2006 to 2015. Content and thematicanalysis are carried out on four news media outlets in order to assess the presentation of the national character on the island of Ireland. Anderson’s derivation of the nation asan ‘imagined community’ in the context of time, circumstances and environment is important throughout. The researchers are sensitive as to whether the coverage has changed over the time period, and what it reveals, if anything, about patriotism, national identities, and the sport-media nexus. While golf in Ireland is governed on an all-island basis, initial analysis on coverage of the players’ feats identifies a variety of labels, from European to Irish and British. With golf historically identified as an individual, classbasedsport devoid of flags and nationalistic tendencies, this study aims to make a new contribution to sport, media and the mobilisation of ethnic, civic or banal nationalisms.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:Golf, national identity, Ireland
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:32158
Deposited By: Dr Katie Liston
Deposited On:11 Aug 2015 08:05
Last Modified:11 Aug 2015 08:05

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