Sport is far more than a national and international entertainment: it is a source of political identity, morale, pride and superiority. Tribal Identities explores the influence of sport on the nations of Europe as a mechanism of national solidarity promoting a sense of identity, unity, status and esteem; as an instrument of confrontation between nations, stimulating aggression, stereotyping, and images of inferiority and superiority; and as a cultural bond linking nations across national boundaries, providing common enthusiasm, shared experiences, the transcendence of national allegiances, and opportunities for association, understanding and goodwill.
This volume represents an important and welcome contribution to the literature on creation and reproduction of national identity and nationalism. The book can be read with interest by specialists and nonspecialists, including upper level undergraduates and graduate students. Antonio V. Menendez-Alarcon, Butler University, Nationalism & Ethnic Politics
"A fascinating insight into the links between sport and nationalism in Europe and beyond. An important and valuable text." Mike Cronin, Sheffield Hallam University, Contemporary British History
"Each author has something perceptive to say." Wray Vamplew, De Montfort University, The International History Review
Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism, No 26, 1999
"There is a high level of scholarship throughout.