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ALAN BAIRNER

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Chapter 11: After the War? Soccer, Masculinity, and Violence in Northern Ireland

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After the War? Soccer, Masculinity, and Violence in Northern Ireland
After the war? Soccer, masculinity, and violence in Northern Ireland
ALANBAIRNER

As hopes for peace in Northern Ireland rise, there is an urgent need to discuss what kind of society can emerge after almost 30 years of conflict. Will violence persist albeit in a changed context? Or will violent energies be channeled into less harmful activities? One potential outlet is sport although the evidence of the past would suggest that it is as likely to contribute to a continuation of violence as to its eradication. Indeed, I shall argue in this article that, far from playing a role as aggression-displacer, sport in Northern Ireland, and specifically sport spectatorship, feeds hegemonic masculinity which, in turn, can reflect and ...

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