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Nation-Building and the FIFA World Cup, South Africa 2010

Hyde-Clarke, N., Ottosen, R. and Miller, T. (2014) Nation-Building and the FIFA World Cup, South Africa 2010. In: Chari, T. and Mhiripiri, N.A., (eds.) African Football, Identity Politics and Global Media Narratives. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 15-28.

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There is endless debate about the legitimacy of major global sporting events, most notably the summer Olympic Games and the World Cup of men’s football. At a symbolic level, they are heralded as grand opportunities for sport to express the brotherhood and sisterhood of humanity. At a national level, they are regarded as a source of national pride in the face of world competition. At a commercial level, they are seen as a boost to economic development through infrastructural development and tourism. Conversely, these occasions are also and equally pilloried, for precisely the obverse of the positive claims made about them (Pellegrino et al., 2010; Carreño Lara, 2012; Ferreira & Boshoff, 2013).

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright: © 2014 Nathalie Hyde-Clarke, Rune Ottosen and Toby Miller
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