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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Just a wind-up? Ethnicity, religion and prejudice in Scottish football-related comedy
Author(s): Reid, Irene A
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Keywords: bigotry
Issue Date: Mar-2015
Date Deposited: 27-Mar-2013
Citation: Reid IA (2015) Just a wind-up? Ethnicity, religion and prejudice in Scottish football-related comedy. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 50 (2), pp. 227-245.
Abstract: This article probes how media representations of football in Scotland sustain the hegemonic ideologies associated with ethnicity and religion. The paper probes the football-related comedy output of one radio programme; radio output and football comedy are both neglected cultural material in studies of sport in Scotland. It argues that ambiguity and allusive language in comedy construct multiple interpretative possibilities that can demean the social and cultural identity of particular groups in society. The discussion analyses specific sketches from the Scottish radio comedy show Watson's Wind Up. It is concluded that although humorous, these sketches reveal how ideas, myths and stereotypes that coalesce round Celtic FC and the Irish-descended and Catholic communities in Scotland reinforce and sustain anti-Irish and anti-Catholic bigotry.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1012690213480140
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in International Review for the Sociology of Sport March 2015 vol. 50 no. 2 227-245 by SAGE. The original publication is available at:

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