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Sport, Representation and Evolving Identities in Europe

by Philip Dine (Volume editor) Séan Crosson (Volume editor)
Conference proceedings XXII, 369 Pages
Series: Cultural Identity Studies, Volume 19

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Summary

Sport annually mobilizes millions of people across Europe: as practitioners in a wide variety of competitive, educational, or recreational contexts, and as spectators, who are physically present or following events through the mass media. This book presents original research into modern sport funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Its aim is to examine the distinctive contribution made by this complex phenomenon to the construction of European identities. Attention is focused on sport’s social significance, as a set of mass-mediated practices and spectacles giving rise to a network of images, symbols, and discourses. The book seeks to explore, and ultimately to explain, the processes of representation and mediation involved in the sporting construction, and subsequent renegotiation, of local, national, and, increasingly, global identities. It offers a survey of key developments in sporting Europe – from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, and from the Atlantic to the Urals – presenting findings by acknowledged international experts and emerging scholars at the level of individuals, communities, regions, nation-states, and Europe as a whole, in both its geographical and political incarnations. Its focus on representation offers a broadly conceived, and consciously inclusive, approach to issues of ‘Europeanness’ in modern and contemporary sport.

Details

Pages
XXII, 369
ISBN (Book)
9783039119776
Language
English
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. XXII, 369 pp., num. coloured and b/w ill., tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Philip Dine (Volume editor) Séan Crosson (Volume editor)

Philip Dine is Senior Lecturer in French at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has published widely on representations of the French colonial empire, including particularly decolonization, in fields ranging from children’s literature to professional sport. Other published research includes a history of French rugby football, as part of a broader reflection on leisure and popular culture in France. The present volume is one of the outcomes of a thematic project on sport and identity in France and Europe for which he acted as coordinator and which was funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2006-2009). Seán Crosson is Programme Director of the MA in Film Studies in the Huston School of Film & Digital Media at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He teaches courses in the Huston School on Irish film, documentary, world cinema, and cinema and Vietnam. He has published widely on various aspects of Irish studies, from film to literature, and his current research concerns the representation of sport in film, from the silent to the contemporary period, the subject of several recent and forthcoming publications.

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