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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: 'An outsider in our midst': narratives of Neil Lennon, soccer and ethno-religious igotry in the Scottish press
Authors: Reid, Irene A
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Keywords: Football
Sport in Society
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Reid IA (2008) 'An outsider in our midst': narratives of Neil Lennon, soccer and ethno-religious igotry in the Scottish press, Soccer and Society, 9 (1), pp. 64-80.
Abstract: This essay offers a critique of media narratives concerning soccer and those of 'difference' in contemporary Scotland, in particular those who have Irishness as their different identity. It examines certain newspaper narratives concerning Neil Lennon of Celtic FC during autumn 2005. During this period Lennon was characterized as a soccer villain. The commentaries drew on existing perceptions concerning his personality and style of play. More importantly Lennon's national identity (Irish) and his religious background (Catholic) were integrated into the narratives, marking him as an outsider in Scotland. These narratives resonate with public and private discourses of 'otherness' concerning the Irish Catholic diaspora community in Scotland. These broader discourses are manifest as ethno-religious prejudices directed against this community. The discourses of 'outsider' and 'otherness' that surround Lennon, Celtic FC and the Irish Catholic community expose the myth of Scotland's collective self-image as an egalitarian and inclusive society.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: Published in Soccer and Society by Taylor & Francis (Routledge).; This is an electronic version of an article published in Soccer and Society, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp. 64 - 80. Soccer and Society is available online at:
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