Bipolar (Un)patriots: national identity, ethnic identity and the 2006 FIFA World Cup

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Carniel, Jessica. 2006. "Bipolar (Un)patriots: national identity, ethnic identity and the 2006 FIFA World Cup." Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference (CSAA 2006). Canberra, Australia 06 - 08 Dec 2006 Canberra, ACT, Australia.
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Bipolar (Un)patriots: national identity, ethnic identity and the 2006 FIFA World Cup

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AuthorCarniel, Jessica
Journal or Proceedings TitleUNAustralia: Cultural Studies Association of Australasia annual conference
ERA Conference ID50359
Number of Pages9
Year2006
Place of PublicationCanberra, ACT, Australia
ISBN1740882539
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/66241/20070423-0000/www.unaustralia.com/proceedings.html
Conference/EventCultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference (CSAA 2006)
Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference
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Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference (CSAA 2006)
Event Date
06 to end of 08 Dec 2006
Event Location
Canberra, Australia
Event Details
Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference
CSAA Annual Conference
Abstract

Qualifying for the first time since its World Cup debut in 1974, this international soccer tournament generated an unprecedented level of excitement amongst Australians. Beginning with a pre-tournament friendly with Greece, who did not qualify for the World Cup, Australia faced three countries from which significant numbers had migrated to Australia. Greek Australians, Italian Australians and Croatian Australians faced an interesting choice that heretofore had only been hypothetical: if Australia played Greece/Croatia/Italy in the World Cup, who would you support? The choice is laden with social, cultural and political implications. Discussions about choosing other national teams over the Socceroos should be read in light of recent public debate about national identity and citizenship. In the months preceding the 2006 World Cup, the role of dual citizenship and, by implication, multicultural and transnational Australian identities in contemporary Australian society were questioned and challenged. It is assumed that one’s choice of team also indicates one’s national loyalty, yet is it not also possible that one’s choice of team and one’s choice of country articulates fluid and multiple identities in an increasingly globalised context? Through an analysis of the shifting status of soccer in Australian society in recent years, this paper examines the complex relationship of sport and national identity, and the place of ethnic identification within the multicultural sporting nation.

Keywordssport, Australia, immigration, identity, citizenship, belonging, multiculturalism, soccer, World Cup
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470211. Migrant cultural studies
470212. Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies
441013. Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
440802. Citizenship
Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Humanities and International Studies
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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