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The Politics of Sport

Community, Mobility, Identity, 1st Edition

Edited by Paul Gilchrist, Russell Holden


142 pages

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Sport is an essential part of community structure, membership and identity. Whether on the field of play, in stadia, or on the streets, sport has consistently brought together disparate individuals to share culture, values and memories. Nowadays these relationships are being rewritten through the effects of global socio-economic practices, the interventions of government, the impact of cultural imperialism and, at the local level, through the actions of individuals and new constituencies that are emerging in response. Furthermore, this generates discourse on matters of regional and national identity.

This themed issue presents a range of essays that examine the relationship between sport and society through the conceptual lenses of community, mobility and identity. Drawing upon insights from contemporary history and current political phenomena from leading academic specialists in the field, the issue addresses cross-cutting themes such as loyalty and allegiance, migration and integration, identity and collective memory, and the politics of resistance and change, which will be of interest to the political scientist, the contemporary historian and sport scholar alike.

This book was previously published as a special edition of the journal Sport in Society.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the Politics of Sport – Community, Mobility, Identity Paul Gilchrist and Russell Holden 2. ‘Over Here’: ‘Americanization’ and the New Politics of Football Club Ownership – The Case of Liverpool FC John Williams and Stephen Hopkins 3. Paddling, Property and Piracy: The Politics of Canoeing in England and Wales Paul Gilchrist and Neil Ravenscroft 4. The Sports Boycott against Rhodesia Reconsidered Charles Little 5. Bidding for International Sport Events: How Government Supports and Undermines National Governing Bodies of Sport Geoff Walters 6. What Happens While the Official Looks the Other Way? Citizenship, Transnational Sports Migrants and the Circumvention of the State Thomas F. Carter 7. Sport, Development and Aid: Can Sport make a Difference? Grant Jarvie 8. Transferring National Allegiance: Cultural Affinity or Flag of Convenience? Michael Holmes and David Storey 9. Never Forget you’re Welsh: the Role of Sport as a Political Device in Post-Devolution Wales Russell Holden

About the Editors

Paul Gilchrist is Research Fellow in Sport and Leisure Cultures at the University of Brighton. His research interests are in the cultural politics of sport and leisure, in particular the politics of heroism in sport. He is joint convenor of the Political Studies Association’s sport and politics specialist study group.

Russell Holden is the Founder and Director of In the Zone Sport and Politics Consultancy. His organisation offers an insight into the complexities of sport, wholeheartedly embracing the connection between sport and politics. He is also a visiting lecturer at Southampton Solent University.

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports