Call for Participation | Sport, Globalisation and Identity – Recent reflections on our publication | Webinar, November 24, 2020, 18:00 CET

This webinar, scheduled for November 24th, is designed to inform about the new book entitled Sport, Globalisation and Identity. New Perspectives on Regions and Nations (Routledge, 2020), an academic work that reviews some of the most controversial aspects of the relationship between sport and politics in times of globalisation and reformulation of national identities

The volume is edited by senior lecturers Jim O’Brien and Xavier Ginesta, and Russell Holden, director of In the Zone Sport and Politics Consultancy, and is the result of the partnership between the University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC), Solent University, Southampton (UK), and the Political Studies Association Sport and Politics Research Group.

The contributions to the book were made by world-renowned research experts in the fields of communication and sport (see below for ToC). These include Raymond Boyle, Professor of Communications and Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow (UK), and Dr Alina Bernstein, School of Media Studies, Tel Aviv University (Israel) an expert in the intersection of gender politics, communication and sport. Both these highly regarded experts will be speaking at the webinar, which will provide an opportunity to explore some of the key themes in the text.

According to the book’s editors, “sport can be a vehicle for the expression of identity, and also a factor in its formation. The book explores the complex interrelationships between nations, regions and states within the framework of contemporaneity, with a particular focus on how these relationships shape identities”.

Participation in the webinar is free, but you need to register. The way to go is by clicking this link, fill in and submit the registration form, and you will be provided with a link to be able to join. The date, again, is November 24, a Tuesday, and the time is 18:00 CET (Catalonia), 17:00 GMT (Glasgow) and 19:00 IST (Tel Aviv). For other time zones, please consult

You are all welcome to take part in this webinar!

Table of Content

Russell Holden, Jim O’Brien and Xavier Ginesta

Part I: International Sport: States, Nations and Identity

      1. Sport, Identity and Constitutional Crisis: Sporting Politics?
        Raymond Boyle
      2. The Globalisation of Sport and its Impact on National Identity in England and Wales: Cricket’s New International Power Base
        Russell Holden
      3. Soccer, Identity and Sporting Citizenship in Ireland: Border Crossings
        David Storey
      4. The Kosovo Football Team, National Symbols and Identity: “A Team of Eleven Named Men”
        Mike McGuinness

Part II: Politics, Power and Sports Events

      1. Undermining Female Athleticism in Sport Media: “Serena Williams Demolishes Fellow Mum”
        Alina Bernstein
      2. Hypermasculinity and Racist Discourses in the Spanish Media: The Spectacularisation of Radio Sport Programming
        Max Mauro and Raul Martinez-Corcuera
      3. Home and Belonging in the Experiences of Professional Basketball Migrants: “I have many places which I can call home”
        Christopher Faulkner
      4. The Political Use of Sport: Christian Democracy, Sport and the Rome Olympics
        Matteo Monaco
      5. The Olympic Games as a Global Media Event: A Political and Social Analysis of Rio 2016 through the Media
        Joaquín Marín-Montín

Part III: Contemporary Perspectives on International Sport: Governance, Ownership and Sporting Cultures

      1. The Political Environment and Supporter Ownership in Football: A Comparative Analysis between England and Germany
        Richard Irving
      2. Culture, Tradition and Change in Elite Level Football: The English Premier League and La Liga
        Jim O’Brien, Xavier Ginesta and Albert Juncà
      3. Entertainment Multinationals, Public Sport Diplomacy and Identity Change in Spanish Football: Liquid Modernity
        Xavier Ginesta, Jordi de San Eugenio and Adria Soldevila
      4. Sport, Media and Identities in the Era of Globalisation: The Role of Football Broadcasts in Consolidating the Catalan Language
        Sergi Solà and Toni Sellas
      5. Legal and Political Borders and Frontiers: Professional and Non-Professional Sport
        Maria José Carvalho and Marisa Sousa
      6. Conclusion: Sport and Power Relations in the Twenty-First Century
        Jim O’Brien, Xavier Ginesta and Russell Holden
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