Bigotry, Football, and Scotland

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John Flint, John Kelly
Edinburgh University Press, 2013 - History - 232 pages
A multidisciplinary analysis of sectarianism and bigotry in Scottish football

Sectarianism and bigotry are among the most publicly debated issues in Scotland, often reported in the newspapers as the 'shame' of Scotland's national game. The current crisis in Scottish football includes high profile controversies and disorder related to bigotry and sectarianism which resulted in new legislation to tackle offensive behaviour in and beyond football grounds.

In this collection, contributors from a range of disciplinary positions present the latest empirical research evidence and social theory to examine and debate fundamental issues about bigotry in Scottish football and society. The topic has raised many questions. How should sectarianism and bigotry be defined and understood? What are the experiences and impacts of bigotry on different populations in Scotland? Are recent events unique or do they have historic precedents and contemporary comparisons beyond Scotland? What should be the response of government, football authorities, clubs, football supporters and other institutions and organisations in Scotland regarding legislation? What vision should we have for a future Scottish society and its diverse population?

Bigotry, Football and Scotland will appeal to all those interested in Scotland's national game, the role of football in the 21st Century and how multicultural contemporary societies attempt to resolve prejudice and promote diversity.

Key Features
  • Most recent academic work to address recent issues and debates about bigotry, football and sectarianism in Scotland
  • Covers gender, new legislation, internet conduct, social class and football supporters
  • Case studies of fans and teams
  • Inter-disciplinary mix of criminology, cultural studies, ethnic and racial studies, philosophy, gender studies, history, legal studies, sports studies and urban studies
  • A preface by Lord McConnell, former First Minister of Scotland
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About the author (2013)


John Flint is Professor at the University of Sheffield.

John Kelly is Lecturer at the Moray House School of Education, the University of Edinburgh.

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