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Title: Rethinking sectarianism : a qualitative exploration of the meanings and experiences of football supporters in the West of Scotland
Author: McBride, Maureen
ISNI:       0000 0004 7654 1487
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis investigates how football supporters in the West of Scotland craft meaning from their everyday lives around questions of sectarianism, nationalism, and related social issues, through the lens of their football-supporting experience. The thesis seeks to ‘rethink’ sectarianism, challenging discourses which simplify or construct it as a historical phenomenon, by developing a deeper, empirically-informed understanding of its enduring impact on people’s lives. The thesis was written in the context of significant social and political change for Scotland. The fragmentation of traditional political structures and the ‘constitutional question’ have reopened key fault lines around religion and competing nationalisms, and these political shifts continue to have a profound effect on socio-cultural life and identities. New hierarchies of belonging and exclusion, built on previous ones, are emerging in contemporary Scotland, and the thesis contends that analysis of sectarianism must be analysed within this context. The thesis challenges dominant understandings of sectarianism, and the undertheorisation of the topic, by combining a qualitative approach, which is attentive to lived experiences and meaning-making, with historical-sociological analysis which is sensitive to structural and political factors.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HM Sociology