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Sport and Citizenship

1st Edition

Edited by Matthew Guschwan


142 pages

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Citizenship has become a widely significant and hotly contested academic concept. Though the term may seem obvious, citizenship carries a range of subtle social and political meanings. This volume explores citizenship as it relates to sport, on the micro and macro level of analysis and in a variety of geo-political contexts. Citizenship is a central organizing principle of international competition such as the Olympic Games. Furthermore, sport is used to teach, symbolize and perform citizenship. While related to national identity, citizenship pertains more precisely to how citizens are legally and politically recognized by the state and how citizens engage within the nation state. This volume traces the roots of discourses on citizenship before illustrating a variety of ways in which citizenship and sport impinge upon each other in contemporary contexts.

This book was published as a special issue of Sport in Society.

Table of Contents

1. Sport and citizenship: introduction Matthew Guschwan

2. The athlete as citizen: judgement and rhetorical invention in sport Michael L. Butterworth

3. Stadium as public sphere Matthew Guschwan

4. Globalization, corporate nationalism and masculinity in Canada: sport, Molson beer advertising and consumer citizenship Steven Jackson

5. Bending the codes of masculinity: David Beckham and flexible masculinity in the new millennium Sarah Gee

6. Rosie the right fielder: citizen of the community, not just a temporary patriot Korryn D. Mozisek

7. Men of steel: social class, masculinity, and cultural citizenship in post-industrial Pittsburgh Adam S. Beissel, Michael Giardina and Joshua I. Newman

8. Bound to the nation: Pacific Islands rugby and the IRB’s new ‘one-country-for-life’ eligibility rules Andrew Grainger, Oliver J.C. Rick and David L. Andrews

9. Epilogue Matthew Guschwan

About the Editor

Matthew Guschwan holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA. His research focuses on the ways in which Italian identity is constructed in and through sport.

About the Series

Sport in the Global Society – Contemporary Perspectives

The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. While this area has been well served by the Sport in the Global Society series, the surge in quality scholarship over the last few years has necessitated the creation of Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives. The series will publish the work of leading scholars in fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, cultural geography and history, political science and political economy. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.

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