The Importance Of Symbolism In Sports

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Sports has become symbolic in representing national competencies where countries battle for national supremacy through international competitions (Carter 2002). Symbolically, national identity as well as national sentiments can be manifested through major sports events. In places like Catalonia in Spain, Brittany in France, or Taiwan, sports has been used to provide a sense of cultural independence. Success in particular sports has symbolically linked specific sports to specific places. For example, athletics is linked to Kenya, football is linked to Brazil; ice hockey is linked to Canada or Sweden; golf is linked to Scotland; sumo wrestling is linked to Japan; cycling is linked to France, baseball is linked to Cuba, and hurling is linked …show more content…
This leads to a process of sportization which is intimately tied to the construction of modern national identities (Carter 2002). (Bairner 2001) makes it abundantly clear that the construction of a “national sport” based on a seemingly “universal” sport, such as soccer, is not a straight forward matter. He shows the homogenization assumption is challenged because the formation of a national sport is more problematic as a result of internal fractures rather than outside threats to a national identity. One of the most powerful versions of the production of locality can be found in the communities of sports fans (Carter 2002). Competitions, for example, demonstrate the complementary nature of men and women and show the need for equal opportunity for women to be part of the …show more content…
In relation to this, sports analysis is challenged as a result of the influence of modernization that links nationalist ideas with capitalist ideas resulting in the dismissal of indigenous sports because they are implicitly regarded as politically and economically irrelevant to nationalist discourses within nation-states. There is little possibility of an “indigenous” sport becoming a “national sports (Carter 2002). Even though nationalism is of growing importance, nation states seem to be losing their powers through global and international forces like International Olympic Committee (Jarvie 2006:119). In dealing with this situation, one “indigenous” sport that challenges a Western sport’s position as a nation’s sport is an Indian sport called kabbadi in which they used Sports as a one way for to embody their locality as well as to locate bodies in socially and spatially defined communities (Carter 2002). Additionally, some countries like China have been able to address the influence of globalisation by for example incorporating global practices, rather than global influences forcing their way into Chinese football system (Henry and Ko 2013). In order to avoid usurping it’s powers, national sports must be cognisant must of the complex nature of the “global–local axis, for students of sport, culture and society’’ to help appreciate concepts like orientalism, internationalism and

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