National identity, social institutions and political values. The case of FC Barcelona and Catalonia from an intergenerational comparison

Joan Barceló, Peter Clinton, Carles Samper Seró

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Using the case of FC Barcelona and Catalonia, this paper examines the relationship between national identity, social institutions and political values. Through different methods of qualitative research, we present an intergenerational comparison between age cohorts to capture continuities and discontinuities in the discursive linkage between FC Barcelona and national feelings of belonging. As the context has changed, the identity construction process should have changed in conjunction with it. The results point to how the old cohort tended to use Barça, as an escape valve, intertwined with Catalan nationalism and political freedom. In contrast, the young ones reproduce the old discourse leaving aside those political values formerly attached to the idea of Barça.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-481
Number of pages13
JournalSoccer and Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 4 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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