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Sport, Empire, and Diplomacy: "Ireland" at the 1930 British Empire Games

Liston, Katie/K and Maguire, Joseph (2016) Sport, Empire, and Diplomacy: "Ireland" at the 1930 British Empire Games. Diplomacy and Statecraft, 27 (2). pp. 1-26. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/fdps20#.VyHeQKMrLIE

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09592296.2016.1169797


International sport, as Geoffrey Pigman has correctly observed,emerged “as a quintessential case study demonstrating the part that public diplomacy plays in contemporary diplomacy.”The British Empire Games/Commonwealth Games [BEG/CG] are one such example, being the second largest multi-national multi-sport event today. Their origins lie in the inter war era when members of sporting organisations, many of whom were active in other formal aspects of public life, considered the organisation of specific Imperial events through international networking. Described as lacking a “thoroughly analytical and interpretive account of their history,” questions of identity politics, public diplomacy and statecraft are at their core because the BEG, inaugurated in 1930, represented qualities and values that appealed to governments, civil society, and sportspeople alike. In the waning of the British Empire, the BEG was one attempt to maintain Imperial prestige and cement cultural bonds. Yet, not only is there an absence of analytical accounts of their history, but the inter-relationships between the BEG and diplomacy, and among global sport and diplomacy more broadly, have been similarly under-investigated.This absence is striking, representing a missed opportunity in understanding the development of global sport and international relations more generally.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Empire, national identity, sport, diplomacy, international relations
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:34569
Deposited By: Dr Katie Liston
Deposited On:17 May 2016 10:34
Last Modified:10 Nov 2017 23:23

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