Student Notes

Does sport matter to people? More specifically, do they treat it as a carrier for local and national feeling? In this chapter, we will explore the sociological significance of sport, particularly in Scotland. More specifically, we will ask:

  • Does sport matter in Scotland? Do Scots really care?
  • Is sport ‘war minus the shooting’, as George Orwell claimed?
  • What is the connection between identity, both national and local, and sport?
  • Are Scots ‘ninety minute nationalists’? What, if any, is the connection between sport and politics?
  • Has the connection between sport and nation/locality been lost as a result of ‘globalisation’?