Skillen, Fiona Books
Obtained her Ph.D in Economic and Social History from the University of Glasgow. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Central Lancashire, School of Sport, Tourism, and the Outdoors, International Football Institute.2012 0-7734-2666-3
This is a collection of essays examining the role of sports in shaping personal and national identity. Studies ranging from skateboarding as resistance to conformity, cricket and the imagined community of Yorkshire, gender identity and rock climbing, and violence in soccer, among others are offered in this text. A theme the authors discuss at length is how communities are formed on the basis of sports, and how different identities emerge out of these shared experiences, and whether there is a socio-political aspect to this process. The contributing scholars undertook their studies in such fields as sociology, cultural and media studies, history, and also in sports studies.