Flying the flag for England? National identities and British Asian female footballers

Aarti Ratna*

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In the 2002 movie Bend it Like Beckham, the storyline implied that young British Asian1 females faced divided loyalties, torn between their desire to play sport and their wish to become “good” daughters (Giardina 2003, Dwyer 2006, Walseth 2006). In this fi lmic representation of British Asian culture, it is suggested that older generations of parents universally prefer their children to observe religious and cultural norms and values rather than play sport (Ratna, forthcoming). However, if this was the case, how can the (at least) 70 British Asian girls and young women that are known to be playing the game in this country (see Ratna 2008) be accounted for?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRace, Ethnicity and Football
Subtitle of host publicationPersisting Debates and Emergent Issues
EditorsDaniel Burdsey
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781136726897
ISBN (Print)9780415882057
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


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