Date of Award

Winter 12-13-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Global Arts and Cultures

First Advisor

Eric Anderson

Second Advisor

Avishek Ganguly

Third Advisor

Elen Ifan


Welsh football, through its use of material culture, language, and acknowledgements of history, has become a major force in representing Welsh national identities locally and globally. This thesis expands on Benedict Anderson’s idea of the “imagined community” through contemporary research from academic sources and from voices throughout the Welsh footballing community. It highlights the significance of the sport in national identity, especially within smaller nations such as Wales with histories of post-colonialism. Along with this, football shows the role cultural nationalism plays in the nation of Wales and in its independence movements.



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