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Softpower, Soccer, Supremacy

The Chinese Dream


Edited By J.A. Mangan, Peter Horton and Christian Tagsold

Xi Jinping’s "Soccer Revolution" is unique: the most extensive politicization and geo-politicization of the Global Game. His purpose is to extend the global softpower projection of "the Middle Kingdom": an ancient Western imperial mantra ("bread and circuses") has been replaced by a modern Eastern "imperial" mantra ("rice and pitches"). The Asian Football Federation shares this "allopathic" vision of East Asian soccer: the future is Asia and it starts in China! Soccer is a talisman for a New Asia in a New Era. For China soccer is a hubristic instrument of softpower projection. Softpower, Soccer, Supremacy: The Chinese Dream makes this point forcefully. In East Asia soccer in now "much more than a game"!

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  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Sociology & anthropology (JH)
      • Sociology (JHB)
        • Sociology: sport & leisure (JHBS)
  • Lifestyle, sport & leisure (W)
    • Sports & outdoor recreation (WS)
      • Sports training & coaching (WSD)
        • Sports psychology (WSDP)
      • Ball games (WSJ)
        • Football (Soccer, Association football) (WSJA)

BISAC Classifications

  • Sports & Recreation (SPO)
    • SPORTS & RECREATION / General (SPO000000)
    • SPORTS & RECREATION / Soccer (SPO040000)
    • SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports (SPO066000)

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  • Sports & Active outdoor recreation (S)
    • Ball sports / ball games (SF)
      • Football variants & related games (SFB)
        • Football (Soccer, Association football) (SFBC)