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Sport and Foreign Policy in a Globalizing World

1st Edition

Edited by Steven J. Jackson, Steven Haigh


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Globalization is effecting a close convergence of sport and foreign policy. In order to respond to novel social, political, cultural and economic pressures, states are increasingly turning to sport as a foreign policy instrument; and they cannot ignore the corresponding influence that global sport has on their core interests. This book is devoted to exploring this relationship in detail. Although any examination of sport and foreign policy inevitably focuses on issues related to both politics and international relations, the primary intention here is to consider the dimensions associated with foreign policy.

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


'Overall there is much substantive content in Sport and Foreign Policy in a Globalized World that will appeal to the serious sport scholar.' International Review of Sport Sociology

Table of Contents

1. Between and Beyond Politics: Sport & Foreign Policy in a Globalizing World Steven J. Jackson 2. Sport serving development and peace: Achieving the goals of the United Nations through sport Ingrid Beutler 3. A new social movement: Sport for development and peace Bruce Kidd 4. Sport and Human Rights Peter Donnelly 5. The Voice of Sport - Expressing a foreign policy through a silent cultural activity: The case of sport in the French foreign policy after the Second World War Jacques Defrance and Jean-Marc Chemot 6. Football diplomacy, postcolonialism and Japan's quest for normal state status Wolfram Manzenreiter 7. Terrorism, sport and public policy in the risk society Kristine Toohey 8. 'Real Politic' or 'Ethically Based' sport: sport, globalization, migration and nation-state policies Joseph Maguire 9. Playing foreign policy games: States, drugs and other Olympian vices David Gerrard 10. Dreaming big: The pursuit of 'second order' games as a strategic response to globalization David Black 11. Scripting the nation: Sport, mega-events, foreign policy and state-building in a post-apartheid South Africa Scarlett Cornelissen 12. Sport as opiate of international relations: The myth and illusion of sport as tool of foreign diplomacy Robert Redeker

About the Editors

Steven J. Jackson is a Professor at the School of Physical Education, University of Otago, New Zealand. He specialises in the socio-cultural analysis of sport with research interests in the areas of Globalisation, National Identity and Media. He is co-editor of Sport, Culture & Advertising, Sport Stars: The Politics of Sporting Celebrity, Sport in New Zealand Society, Sport, Beer, and Gender: Promotional Culture and Contemporary Social Life" and Sport & Cultural Diversity in a Globalising World. He is the new President of the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA), 2008-2011.

Stephen Haigh obtained a PhD in International Relations from the University of Otago. He holds a Master's degree in political theory from the University of Calgary, after which he spent five years working for the Canadian government, eventually becoming a policy analyst for the UN Convention on Biodiversity. Stephen is a keen sportsman, and has coached soccer at the international level.

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