Notes on Contributors
This chapter focuses on the politics of sport and identity in North Korea, primarily in the aftermath of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. It analyses the symbolic potency of sport in the context of identity narratives on the divided Korean peninsula. The chapter examines a pan-Korean identity that stresses the close links between the strong ethnic ties and common cultural heritage of the Korean people in both states. It explains a distinctive North Korean identity that emphasises differences to the South and celebrates the uniqueness of the country, in particular its political system, the Kim dynasty, the ideological framework and achievements. Cooperation in international sports events does not only promote detente between the two Koreas', but it also appears to be an efficient way for both Korean states to maintain a sense of pan-Koreanness. It describes the issue of reunification in the public discourse without the need to engage in complex and difficult political negotiations.