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Introduction: What makes a Sporting Icon?

Hassan, David (2013) Introduction: What makes a Sporting Icon? Sport in History, 33 (4). pp. 417-426. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/17460263.2013.850263

Abstract

Sport has long been a powerful constituent of collective identity and asource of national pride and efficacy. It remains a central component inthe making of nations (and their imagining) and is pertinent to theredefinition of shared identities around the world. Crucial in this regardare exceptional individuals, many but not all human,1 who become iconicfigures and in many ways ‘speak for’ a collective, and who can representand even embody it.2 In other ways sporting icons, that is to sayindividuals that epitomize something truly outstanding through theirsporting prominence and successes, exist in the vanguard of evolution andcan, through their embodied practices, often blaze a trail for others tofollow.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Sporting Icons, History, Politics
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:28148
Deposited By: Professor David Hassan
Deposited On:26 Nov 2013 09:20
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:12

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