Written by a team of international scholars, Sport and Nationalism in Asia - Power, Politics, and Identity is a collection of original research which addresses a number of issues central to notions of nationalism and identity in sport including: how the Olympics and other international and regional sports events have fostered an active interweaving of sport, politics and nationalism; the role of traditional sport in the building of national consciousness and national identity; the way modern sport creates and reflects nationalism, thereby giving it a voice and a focus. The book covers eight case studies on countries/regions across West Asia, Central Asia and East Asia. It is one of the few works that examines the relationships between sport, politics and nationalism from an Asian perspective.
This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.
1. Introduction 2. Sustaining Identities: Hong Kong and the Politics of an Olympic Boycott 3. Syria and the Olympics: National Identity on an International Stage 4. The Establishment of the Qatar National Olympic Committee: Building the National Sport Identity 5. Projecting the ‘Chineseness’: Nationalism, Identity and Chinese Martial Arts Films 6. Sport and Nationalism in the Republic of Turkey 7. In the Shadow of National Glory: Taiwan Aboriginal Baseball in the Politics of Identity 8. Cultural Evolution and Ideology in Korean Soccer: Sport and Nationalism 9. The Politics of Sport and Identity in North Korea
As Robert Hands in The Times recently observed, the growth of sports studies in recent years has been considerable. This unique series with over one hundred volumes in the last decade has played its part. Politically, culturally, emotionally and aesthetically, sport is a major force in the modern world. Its impact will grow as the world embraces ever more tightly the contemporary secular trinity: the English language, technology and sport. Sport in the Global Society will continue to record sport's phenomenal progress across the world stage.