‘Who do ‘‘they” cheer for?’ Cricket, diaspora, hybridity and divided loyalties amongst British Asians

@article{Fletcher2012WhoD,
  title={‘Who do ‘‘they” cheer for?’ Cricket, diaspora, hybridity and divided loyalties amongst British Asians},
  author={Thomas Fletcher},
  journal={International Review for the Sociology of Sport},
  year={2012},
  volume={47},
  pages={612 - 631}
}
  • T. Fletcher
  • Published 1 October 2012
  • Sociology
  • International Review for the Sociology of Sport
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