A book about the relationship of a football club to a political decision? On one level this is madness. But in Scotland it makes perfect sense. What do Rangers mean to Scotland and what does Scotland mean to Rangers? What do Rangers mean to Britain and what does Britain mean to Rangers? How does the club and the game interact with the world around it? Questioning how British and Scottish identities fit into supporting Rangers, Born Under the Union Flag provides the first solid exploration of the relationship between sport and national identity. Well-known and informed contributors from both sides of the independence debate, including Harry Reid, Iain Duff, and Will McLeish, all lend their disparate viewpoints this book, showing just how nuanced - and difficult - the discussion really is. A must-read for anyone interested in Rangers, the history of Scottish football, or the independence debate. Like a great football match, when the final whistle is blown, the players will shake hands and move on. If they have any sense, the winners will be magnanimous in victory; the losers will rue the day but accept the result nonetheless. I guess the one thing neither side wants is a draw and a replay. But that's up to the voters.Reseña del editor:
Born Under the Union Flag is a collection of contributions by a range of people from the worlds of football, politics, academia and literature. The book addresses a variety of tensions involved in Rangers Football Club and the Scottish independence debate. Harry Reid, for instance, offers an overview of Rangers in Scottish society, exploring its connections with Unionism and Protestantism. Other contributors explore further nuances of Rangers' role in contemporary Scotland, such as issues of gender and connections with Northern Ireland. Born Under the Union Flag is a must-read for anyone interested in Rangers, the history of Scottish football, or the independence debate.
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