This innovative new text examines sport's relationship with politics and argues that sport has always been political, even as far back as antiquity. However, in the last 30 years there has been an unprecedented...Show More
This innovative new text examines sport's relationship with politics and argues that sport has always been political, even as far back as antiquity. However, in the last 30 years there has been an unprecedented politicization of sport through increasing government intervention.
Jonathan Grix takes a comprehensive and engaging look at sport politics by examining state involvement in initiatives from sports mega-events through to grass-roots and community sport activities. Providing an accessible introduction to this growing area of study, the text examines a number of approaches to the topic – including theories from Political Science, Sociology and International Relations – and adopts a critical framework throughout. In doing so the text discusses the relationship between social capital and sport, how governments use sport for non-sporting objectives and the role of governance in sport policy. Real-world examples demonstrate just how entwined sport and politics are: from ardent soccer fans effectively 'locked-in' by ever-increasing ticket prices, to taxpayer's money funding ever more extravagant international sports mega-events, to the moral and political implications of doping.
Comprehensive, thematic introduction to the emerging subdiscipline of Sport Politics
Uses a wide range of international case studies to ground understanding of how government agendas filter through sporting events
Draws on approaches and ideas from Political Science and International Relations to clarify how sport and politics intersect.
1. Of 'politics' and 'sport'
2. The study of sport politics
3. Sport, the state and national identity
4. The political economy of sport
5. Sport and the media
6. A politician's dream: sport and social capital
7. The politics of performance sport: why do states invest in elite sport?
8. Domestic and international governance of sport
9. Doping matters
10. Public diplomacy, soft power and sport
11. The future of sport politics.
“The strength of this book is mirrored in its political-science approach that is pursued consistently, while problem awareness for the political dimension of sport is basically illustrated. … the value of the volume above all lies in sensitising readers to individual topics; as a systematic text book and regarding the linkage between sport and protest …” (Jürgen Mittag, Moving the Social, Vol. 61, 2019)
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