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From dissertation to publication for Sport & Physical Education graduate

Neal Sutton Wednesday 23 March 2016

Sport & Physical Education BA graduate Neal Sutton has had his undergraduate dissertation published by a leading Social Sciences journal.

‘From Rotterdam to Rio’: Investigating Perceptions of Sporting, Socio-Political and Cultural Developments in Germany between 2000 and 2014’ has been published in the International Journal of Social Science Studies and was authored by Neal and Dr Joel Rookwood.

As part of his dissertation research, Neal interviewed both football fans and club officials at SV Werder Bremen about cultural, socio-political and footballing issues from World War II up to when Germany won the World Cup in 2016. 

Neal said: “My tutor at the time, Dr. Joel Rookwood, emailed me after he marked my dissertation and said it was publishable but would need some adjustments. I received a mark of 80% for my dissertation which I was delighted with. I really enjoyed preparing my paper for publication. I had to cut it down from 8,000 to 6,000 words at the same time as adding in new journals and articles, and expanding on my arguments in some areas. It was really helpful to be in constant contact with Joel who advised me on the most up to date publications.”

Neal's final published paper found that that national pride has become an increasingly prominent feature in a unified Germany following the hosting of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He also argues that immigration in German society has positively impacted the German national soccer team but that there are some recurrent and seemingly problematic issues in German society pertaining to immigration and religious identity.

Neal is currently working as a sports coach, and in September will begin his PDGE with physical education (primary), but he has plans to continue with his research.

Neal said: “Through my PGDE, and hopefully a masters, I would like to explore educational routes for research. I would also like to continue following my original route, through sociology and fan behaviour. My tutor really inspired me to do the extra work to be successful, just like in my dissertation. In the future I would like to take some time out and possibly travel, and fit in some more research along the way.”

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