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Freedom for Catalonia? : Catalan Nationalism, Spanish Identity and the Barcelona Olympic Games - John Hargreaves

Freedom for Catalonia?

Catalan Nationalism, Spanish Identity and the Barcelona Olympic Games

Hardcover Published: 23rd March 2000
ISBN: 9780521584265
Number Of Pages: 192

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Although the fight for independence by ethnic minorities has received much attention recently, there is no study of how globalised sport in its most advanced form can help to stimulate it. This book shows how the 1992 Olympic Games raised the tension that already existed between Catalonia and Spain, from the time they were awarded to Barcelona until they opened. John Hargreaves analyses and explains the way in which the conflict developed and eventually was resolved, in terms of the special characteristics of Catalan nationalism, the nature of the new Spanish democracy and the special role played by the International Olympic Committee. This book will be relevant to academics, researchers and postgraduates specialising in nationalism and Catalan nationalism, as well as being of interest to teachers, researchers and students of political sociology, cultural studies and sports studies, and professionals working in the fields of cultu re, sport, recreation and leisure.

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'... the detailed treatment of the radical nationalists, closely based on major Barcelona dailies, is competent and informative. In particular, Hargreaves' final chapter, 'The Outcome', skilfully uses public opinion poll data to present a political balance of the games. Overall his book, with naturally broader scope than locally-produced studies, such as Joan Crexell's Nationalisme i els Jocs Olimpics 1992 (1994), serves as a pioneering effort to incorporate this regional-nationalist conflict into current English-language discussion on nationalist conflicts.' Enric Ucelay-Da Cal, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism

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Sport and nationalism
Catalan nationalism
The relationship between Olympism, globalisation and nationalism
The war of the flags and the Paz Ol¡mpica
Catalanisation versus Espa┬▒olisation
Symbolising the international dimension
The outcome
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ISBN: 9780521584265
ISBN-10: 0521584264
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 23rd March 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.43

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