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Who can represent the nation? Elite athletes, global mega events and the contested boundaries of national belonging

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posted on 11.05.2020, 08:44 authored by Joost Jansen, Michael SkeyMichael Skey

For those studying national belonging, elite athletes competing in international mega events offer particularly compelling case studies as they represent the nation during periods of sustained media attention and heightened emotional registers. But when compared with other types of representatives - heads of state, ambassadors, political leaders - they have received much less scholarly attention. This paper analyses reporting of the ‘Plastic Brits’ debate, where elite athletes brought in to represent Britain at the Olympics were subject to ongoing scrutiny and critique. Developing an analytical framework that uses insights from Elias, Goffman and Hage, we focus on three key issues. First, how a taken-for-granted ‘logic of nationalism’ underlies discussions about which athletes should (not) represent Britain. Second, how the nation’s boundaries are discursively marked with reference to a range of everyday features. Third, the use of different ‘destigmatisation strategies’ by athletes caught up in the ‘Plastic Brits’ debate.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Communication and Media

Published in

Sociology

Volume

54

Issue

6

Pages

1194-1211

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Sage under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

07/05/2020

Publication date

2020-12-17

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0038-0385

eISSN

1469-8684

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Michael Skey. Deposit date: 7 May 2020