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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
A detailed study of sports' arrival, spread and advance in colonial and post-colonial South Asia. A selection of articles addresses critical issues of nationalism, communalism, commercialism and gender through the lens of sport. This book makes the point that the social histories of South Asian sport cannot be understood by simply looking at the history of the game in one province or region. Furthermore, it demonstrates that it would be wrong to understand sport in terms of the exigencies of the colonial state. Drawing inspiration from C.L.R. James' well-known epigram, 'What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?' the findings suggest that South Asian sport makes sense only when it is placed within the broader colonial and post-colonial context. The book demonstrates that sport not only influences politics and vice versa, but that the two are inseparable. Sport is not only political, it is politics, intrigue, culture and art. To deny this is to denigrate the position of sport in modern South Asian society. This volume was previously published as a special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport.
Sport bringt zum Vorschein, wie groß die Bedeutung von Nation und Nationalismus in modernen Gesellschaften ist. Das Nationale verschwindet nicht, vielmehr bieten globale Massenmedien eine machtvolle Bühne für nationale Selbstdarstellungen und Zugehörigkeitsgefühle. Der hier als »leerer Nationalismus« bezeichnete Komplex an nationalen Wir-Bildern und Wir-Idealen bezieht sich nicht mehr hauptsächlich auf das Ziel kultureller Einmaligkeit, sondern auf Elemente einer Weltkultur. Dadurch werden aber auch globale Standards für die Darstellung von Nation und Nationalismus festgelegt. So wurden kriegerische Ideale im Zusammenhang mit Nationen überall in Europa durch zivilisierte Ausdrucksweisen nationaler Wir-Gefühle ersetzt. Diese Transformation ist auch das Resultat einer fundamentalen geopolitischen Verschiebung. Ausgehend vom Sport begann der »leere Nationalismus« sich in anderen kulturellen Bereichen niederzulassen. Nation und Nationalismus erhielten somit eine neue, ungeplante Legitimität.
Drawing on Chinese sources hitherto unavailable in the West including official documents and interviews with top athletes, the author explores the rise of Chinese super sportswomen and their relationship with politics, culture and society before and during the Cultural Revolution and through China's transition to a market economy.
This book is designed to reflect both our current knowledge regarding sport, globalisation and '"encounters" with several important "post-colonial" or non-western societies and to draw together scholars from a range of different disciplines. Case studies of cultural encounters in Central, South-East Asia, Asia Minor and the Arabian peninsula capture the paradoxical processes of emulation, resistance and transformation that are at work in the diffusion and development of "sport" and body cultures. These case studies bring together insights from anthropology, cultural studies, geography, history, law, sociology, various area and post-colonial studies.
The contributors to this volume examine the aspects of the cultural associations, symbolic interpretations and emotional significance of the idea of empire and, to some extent, with the post-imperial consequences. Collectively and cumulatively, their view is that sport was an important instrument of imperial cultural association and subsequent cultural change, promoting at various times and in various places imperial unity, national identity, social reform, recreational development and post-imperial goodwill.
Sport has become more than a simple physical expression or game- it now pervades all societies at all levels and has become bound up in nationalism, entertainment, patriotism and culture. Now a global obsession, sport has infiltrated into all areas of modern life and despite noble ideals that sport stands above politics, religion, class, gender and ideology, the reality is often very different. These essays by leading academics and rising new talent consider the phenomenon of modern sport and its massive influence over global society. Together, this collection is also a tribute to the pioneering and inspirational work of Professor J.A. Mangan on the political, religious, class and gender-based aspects of modern sport, from academics greatly influenced by him and his writing. This book was previously published as a special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport.

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