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Popular culture, sport and the 'hero'-fication of British militarism

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    Rights statement: © Kelly, J. (2013). Popular culture, sport and the 'hero'-fication of British militarism. Sociology, NA(NA), 1-17[NA]doi: 10.1177/0038038512453795

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberNA
Pages (from-to)722-738
Number of pages17
Issue number4
Early online date5 Nov 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2013


A number of culturally significant practices have become incorporated into promoting and normalising British militarism in the face of increasing controversies surrounding Britain’s role in the “War on Terror”. Utilising a critical discourse analysis, this article draws on Goffman’s deference and demeanour work and asserts that in conjunction with other popular cultural practices, sport is being co-opted into a multi-agency strategy that positions the military, government, media and citizens in a joint ceremony of supportive affirmation of UK militarism. A discursive formation, which circumscribes legitimate discourses around the “War on Terror” is shown to symbolically annihilate critical opposition to British aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan whilst normalising the joint ceremony of support.

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  • militarism, sport, hero-fication, deference, demeanour, symbolic annihaltion

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