Nationalism and sport
A review of the literature
Over the last thirty years, theclaim that sport matters has been widely accepted in social science scholarship. It is considered as a constitutive element of everyday life and popular culture, within a particular historical and social setting. This setting can be a nationalist one: there is agreement in nationalism and identity scholarship that sport constitutes a major ritual of popular culture contributing to the theoretical concept of the nation as an imagined community. Hence, it is an important topic in the State of Nationalism series.
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