Shall We Speak Football?: “Scottish Accent You Know–It’s Not Easy”
An academic article on football and refugees was published in the International Journal of Sport and Society.
Football has been claimed to be a universal language and a catalyst of friendship relationships. Yet, such statements require evidence and analysis rather than mere assumption. This article seeks to analyze Street Soccer Scotland in Glasgow—a recreational football team made of local and international players, including refugees—as a case study to critically assess the potential of football as a communication tool and a platform for the creation of friendly relationships. It gives voice to the refugees playing in the team allowing them to express their senses of belonging. Finally, the article outlines some of the determinants that render this football project a positive agent of social change in refugees’ lives.
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