Sport, Statehood and Transition in Europe: Comparative perspectives from post-Soviet and post-socialist societies

1st Edition

Ekain Rojo-Labaien, Juan Álvaro Rodríguez Díaz, Joel Rookwood

June 3, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 320 Pages - 32 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367344405 - CAT# K454763
Series: Routledge Research in Sport Politics and Policy

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This book examines the political significance of sport and its importance for nation-state building and political and economic transition across thirteen post-Soviet and post-socialist countries, primarily located in Eastern Europe.

Adopting a critical case-study approach, building on historical and comparative frameworks, the book uses sport as a symbolic lens through which to examine the transition of Eastern European countries to the Western capitalist system.  Covering a wide geographical area, from Poland to the Caucuses and Turkmenistan, it explores key themes such as nationalism, governance, power relations, political ideology, separatism, commercialisation and economic development, and the symbolic value of mega-events. 

Sport, Statehood and Transition in Europe is fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in sport policy, the politics of sport or political science.

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