chapter  6
11 Pages

Sport and Nationalism in the Republic of Turkey

ByBirgit Krawietz

Introduction The conference and special issue title ‘Sport and Nationalism in Asia’ is applied here to the case of Turkey in reverse order: it shall first be asked whether and to what degree Turkey is an Asian country. Against the historical background of Turkish nation building, the article then addresses the problem of who constitutes the nation. Hence, sport as a prism comes in third, but has to be perceived from different angles. It makes no sense for such purposes to focus on one athletic discipline or theatre of performing the nation alone, as will be explained below.