Sport is frequently considered to be an aspect of popular culture that is, or should be, untainted by the political. However, there is a broad consensus among academics that sport is often at the heart of the political and the political is often central to sport. From the 1936 Olympic Games in Nazi Germany to the civil unrest that preceded the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, sport and politics have remained symbiotic bedfellows.

The Routledge Handbook of Sport and Politics goes further than any other book in surveying the complex, embedded relationships between sport and politics. With sections addressing ideologies, nation and statehood, corporate politics, political activism, social justice, and the politics of sports events, it introduces the conceptual foundations that underpin our understanding of the sport-politics nexus and examines emergent issues in this field of study.

Including in-depth case studies from North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, this is an essential reference for anybody with an interest in the social scientific study of sport.

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PART I: Sport and the study of politics

chapter 1|13 pages

Governance and governmentality of sport

ByJonathan Grix, Spencer Harris

chapter 2|12 pages

Sport policy-making

ByBarrie Houlihan

chapter 3|11 pages

Sport as a foreign policy and diplomatic tool

ByUdo Merkel

chapter 4|14 pages

Sport and political ideology

ByAlan Bairner

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PART II: Sport, politics and ideologies

chapter 5|11 pages

Sport and fascism

ByDaphné Bolz

chapter 6|13 pages

Sport and communism: the examples of North Korea and Cuba

ByJung Woo Lee, Alan Bairner

chapter 7|11 pages

Sport and conservatism

ByLincoln Allison

chapter 8|16 pages

The social criticism of sport: a “radical” liberal approach

ByWilliam J. Morgan

chapter 9|9 pages

Sport and the Swedish welfare state

BySusanna Hedenborg, Tomas Peterson

chapter 10|12 pages

Feminist politics and sport

ByMary Louise Adams

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PART III Sport, nation and statehood

chapter 11|8 pages

Sport and politics in the Arab world

ByMahfoud Amara

chapter 12|13 pages

Football and identity politics in Ghana

ByPaul Darby

chapter 13|12 pages

Sport and politics in the United States

ByMichael Butterworth

chapter 14|12 pages

Sport and language politics in Canada

ByChristine Dallaire, Jean Harvey

chapter 16|11 pages

Sport in a divided Northern Ireland: past and present

ByDavid Hassan

chapter 17|11 pages

Sport and politics in Great Britain

ByKevin Jefferys

chapter 18|14 pages

Sport, the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Scottish Referendum

ByGrant Jarvie

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PART IV: Sport, corporate politics and the global community

chapter 20|13 pages

The contemporary politics of sports mega-events

ByJohn Horne

chapter 22|11 pages

Political issues in international sport

ByThomas Zeiler

chapter 23|16 pages

Western militarism and the political utility of sport

ByJohn Kelly

chapter 24|16 pages

Sport for development and peace: alignment, administration, power

ByJacob Naish

chapter 25|14 pages

The politics of sexuality and sport

ByNigel Jarvis

chapter 26|9 pages

Gender politics in sport for development and peace

ByMegan Chawansky, Hillary Kipnis

chapter 27|10 pages

' “Race”, sport and politics

ByKevin Hylton, Alexandra J. Rankin-Wright

chapter 29|13 pages

Sport and sustainability

ByWill Atkinson

chapter 30|16 pages

Sport activism and protest

ByMick Totten

chapter 31|13 pages

‘Countercultural’ sport

ByPaul Gilchrist

chapter 32|16 pages

The politics of sport and social enterprise

ByGavin Reid

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PART VI Politics and sporting events

chapter 33|10 pages

The Berlin Olympics, 1936

ByDavid Clay Large, Joshua J. H. Large

chapter 34|11 pages

Latin America’s rst Olympics: Mexico 1968

ByKeith Brewster, Claire Brewster

chapter 35|9 pages

The Rome and Munich Olympics, 1960, 1972

ByEva Maria Gajek

chapter 37|12 pages

Politics and sporting events: Beijing Olympics, 2008

ByDong Jinxia

chapter 39|13 pages

Brazil, politics, the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup

ByJohn Horne, Gabriel Silvestre

chapter 40|11 pages

How does a loser win? Taiwan and global sport

ByTzu-hsuan Chen

chapter 41|13 pages

The politics of the Commonwealth Games

ByStuart Whigham

chapter 42|12 pages

The politics of international cricket

ByDominic Malcolm, Devra Waldman