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Simply the (George) Best: Ulster Protestantism, Conflicted Identity and "The Belfast Boy(s)"

Alan Bairner
The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies
Vol. 32, No. 2 (Fall, 2006), pp. 34-41
DOI: 10.2307/25515637
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25515637
Page Count: 8
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Simply the (George) Best: Ulster Protestantism, Conflicted Identity and "The Belfast Boy(s)"
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Abstract

Cet article examine la vie de George Best, un grand joueur de soccer, en portant une attention spécifique à ses racines de protestant. Le texte affirme que, de plusieurs manières, Best est devenu socialement désorienté, surtout face à ses racines, créant ainsi une série de conflits par rapport à son identité personnelle. En explorant ses thèmes, l'article tente aussi de comparer et de contraster la vie de Best avec celle de deux autres protestants célèbres de Belfast, Alex Higgins et Van Morrison, qui ont eux aussi connu l'éloge critique dans leurs domaines respectifs et qui, selon plusieurs, ont aussi expérimenté des problèmes reliés à leur identité culturelle. Cet article conclut en suggérant que le fait d'avoir eu à négocier avec ce conflit d'identité a joué un rôle considérable dans le déclin physique et la mort prématurée de Best. /// This article examines the life of George Best, one of soccer's great players, with specific attention being paid to his relationship with his Ulster Protestant roots. The paper argues that in a number of different ways Best became socially dislocated, not least from his parental culture, thereby creating a series of conflicts surrounding his personal identity. In exploring these themes, the article also makes tentative attempts to compare and contrast Best's life with those of two other celebrated Belfast Protestants, Alex Higgins and Van Morrison, both of whom have also enjoyed critical acclaim in their chosen fields and who, it is argued, have also experienced problems linked to cultural identity. The article concludes by suggesting that dealing with his conflicted identity was a major factor in Best's physical decline and premature death.

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