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Critical Geographies of Sport

Space, Power and Sport in Global Perspective

Edited by Natalie Koch

© 2017 – Routledge

272 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Sport is a geographic phenomenon. The physical and organizational infrastructure of sport occupies a prominent place in our society. This important book takes an explicitly spatial approach to sport, bringing together research in geography, sport studies and related disciplines to articulate a critical approach to ‘sports geography’. Critical Geographies of Sport illustrates this approach by engaging directly with a variety of theoretical traditions as well as the latest research methods.

Each chapter showcases the merits of a geographic approach to the study of sport – ranging from football to running, horseracing and professional wrestling. Including cases from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, the book highlights the ways that space and power are produced through sport and its concomitant infrastructures, agencies and networks. Holding these power relations at the center of its analysis, it considers sport as a unique lens onto our understanding of space.

Truly global in its perspective, it is fascinating reading for any student or scholar with an interest in sport and politics, sport and society, or human geography.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Critical geographies of sport in global perspective (Natalie Koch) PART I: Sports, geopolitics, and state space 2. Geopolitics, identity, and horse sports in Finland (Pauliina Raento) 3. Spreading the game or reproducing hegemony? The United States and the regional geopolitics of women’s football in the Americas (Jon Bohland)4. Nation-building and sporting spectacles in authoritarian regimes: Turkmenistan’s Aziada-2017 (Slavomír Horák) 5. Sports and politics in Israel: Settler colonialism and the native Palestinians (Magid Shihade) 6. Sports fields and corporate governmentality: Gazprom’s all-Russian gas program as energopower (Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen)7. Athletic autocrats: Understanding images of authoritarian leaders as sportsmen (Natalie Koch) 8. Playing identity politics: The Gaelic Athletic Association in modern Ireland (Arlene Crampsie) PART II: Sports, community, and urban space 9. Soccer and the mundane politics of belonging: Latino immigrants, recreation, and spaces of exclusion in the rural US South (Lise Nelson) 10. Competing visions for urban space in Seoul: Understanding the demolition of Korea’s Dongdaemun Baseball Stadium (Jung Woo Lee) 11. Running order: Urban public space, everyday citizenship and sporting subjectivities (Simon Cook, Jon Shaw, Paul Simpson) 12. Mallparks and the symbolic reconstruction of urban space (Michael Friedman) 13. Sports and the social integration of migrants in South Dublin (Neil Conner) 14. Spatial maneuvers: Geographies of power and labor practices in professional wrestling’s territorial era (Bradley Gardener) 15. In the shadow of mega-events: The value of ethnography in sports geography (Nicholas Wise) 16. Conclusion: Toward a critical geography of sport: Space, power, and social justice (David Jansson and Natalie Koch)

About the Editor

Natalie Koch is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA. Her current research focuses on state-making, nationalism, geopolitics, and authoritarianism, with a special interest in spectacle – both in urban landscapes and in events like national celebrations and sports. An elite cyclist herself, she has a long interest in the intersection between political geography and sport, and has published numerous articles in journals such as Political Geography, Urban Geography, Geoforum, Social and Cultural Geography, and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Sport

The Routledge Critical Studies in Sport series aims to lead the way in developing the multi-disciplinary field of Sport Studies by producing books that are interrogative, interventionist and innovative. By providing theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded texts, the series will make sense of the changes and challenges facing sport globally. The series aspires to maintain the commitment and promise of the critical paradigm by contributing to a more inclusive and less exploitative culture of sport.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports