While globalisation has undoubtedly occurred in many social fields, in sport the importance of ‘the nation’ has remained. This book examines the continuing but contested relevance of national identities in sport within the context of globalising forces. Including case studies from around the world, it considers the significance of sport in divided societies, former global empires and aspirational nations within federal states.
Each chapter looks at sport not only as a reflection of national rivalries but also as a changing cultural tradition that facilitates the reimagining of borders, boundaries and identities. The book questions how these national, state and global identifications are invoked through sporting structures and practices, both in the past and the present. Truly international in perspective, it features case studies from across Europe, the UK, the USA and China and touches on the topics of race, religion, terrorism, separatism, nationalism and militarism.
Sport and National Identities: Globalisation and Conflict is fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in the sociology of sport or the relationship between sport, politics, geography and history.
1. Contested and Contingent National Identifications in Sport
[Paddy Dolan and John Connolly]
Part 1: Sporting Politics, Contested Identities and Organisational Governance
2. Sports Policy Between State Intervention and Sports Autonomy: Consents and Conflicts of the Spanish Sports Policy
3. Sport as a Pillar of Representation of the Current Basque Identity
4. Politics and Identity in European Football: Cyprus in Comparative Context
[Christos Kassimeris and Charis Xinari]
5. Partition in Irish Sport During the 1950s
Part 2: Media Representations, Sport and National Identities
6. Constructing the Nation Through Sports News on Catalan Television
[Albert Juncà Pujol and Eduard Inglés Yuba]
7. No Boarders: Post-National Identity and the Surfing Subculture in Ireland
8. Confronting America: Black Commercial Aesthetics, Athlete Activism and the Nation Reconsidered
[Ronald L. Mower, Jacob J. Bustad and David L. Andrews]
Part 3: Sporting Nationalisms and Interstate Power Relations
9. Beaten at Their Own Game? A Study of British Football Power
10. Association Football, the Armed Forces and Invisible Nationalism in Britain
11. Sporting Spectacle, 9/11 and the Reconstitution of the American Nation
12. Shaolin Kung Fu, Chan Buddhism and National Identity
13. Sport and the Politics of National Identity in the Two Chinas
The book is a useful addition to contemporary literature on the role of national identity in sport and will become a useful resource for anybody seeking to gain a better understanding of the issue.
Mark Orton, De Montfort University, UK