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Inclusion through football: The case of diverse city FC

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Show simple item record Carr, James Power, Martin J. 2021-06-09T07:52:40Z 2021-06-09T07:52:40Z 2021
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract In this piece we document how a football club has proved to be an important mechanism of integration for young Muslim women in Ireland. As has been evidenced elsewhere, 1 and discussed in this piece, Islamophobia is a reality in Irish society, whether as proximal lived experiences of hostility and discrimination, or as structural elements that deploy anti-Muslim tropes. In the face of such exclusion, young Muslim individuals, supported by local civil society actors, have taken it upon themselves to develop a platform, namely the Hijabs and Hat-tricks project, that not only enables inclusion, and develops meaningful integration, but also challenges head-on those tropes that cast them and their communities as ‘other’. Football, in the form of Diverse City FC, forms the focal point of this platform. Based on the experiences of these young Irish Muslims, we argue that football, and indeed sport more broadly, can act as an incredibly effective mechanism for meaningful societal integration. Finally, we argue for the importance of not only understanding the experiences of marginalised groups, such as the Diverse City players, but of the importance of drawing from these experiences to design future strategies for inclusion in Irish society. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher SAHkartelll en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Studies in Arts and Humanities;07(01)
dc.subject Islamophobia en_US
dc.subject Anti-Muslim racism en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.title Inclusion through football: The case of diverse city FC en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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