Sport and the ‘National Thing’: Exploring Sport’s Emotive Significance

BLACK, Jack (2020). Sport and the ‘National Thing’: Exploring Sport’s Emotive Significance. Sport in Society.

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    This article critically details how the work of Slavoj Žižek can provide a unique approach to theoretically expanding the links between nationalism and sport. Notably, it will highlight how key terms, drawn from Žižek’s work on fantasy, ideology and the Real (itself grounded in the work of Jacques Lacan), can be used to explore the relationship between sport, nationalism and enjoyment (jouissance). In outlining this approach, specific attention is given to Žižek’s account of the ‘national Thing’. Accordingly, by considering the various ways in which sport can organize, materialize and structure our enjoyment, the emotive significance of sport during national sporting occasions is both introduced and applied. Moreover, it is argued that such an approach offers a unique and valuable insight into the relationship between sport and nationalism, as well as an array of social and political antagonisms.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Sport Industry Research Centre; Centre for Sport and Exercise Science; Sociology, Politics and Policy Research Group; 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences; 1504 Commercial Services; 1608 Sociology; Sport, Leisure & Tourism
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    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2020 10:42
    Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 16:15

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