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’Team GB’ and London 2012: The Paradox of National and Global Identities.

MacRury, I. and Poynter, G., 2010. ’Team GB’ and London 2012: The Paradox of National and Global Identities. International Journal of the History of Sport, 27, 2958 - 2975.

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DOI: 10.1080/09523367.2010.508280


This article explores the problems associated with ’national identity’ in the UK and examines the tensions arising between the international and local dimensions of the games through examples of domestic (UK) and international (Brazil, Chicago) media coverage of the key debates relating to London’s period of preparation. The chapter proposes a conception of London 2012 as exemplar of an event poised to generate insights and experiences connected to a new politics of ’cosmopolitan’ identity; insights central to grasping the cultural politics of contemporary urban development-and the paradoxes of national identity in current discourses of Olympism. Properly speaking, cosmopolitanism suits those people who have no country, while internationalism should be the state of mind of those who love their country above all, who seek to draw to it the friendship of foreigners by professing for the countries of those foreigners an intelligent and enlightened sympathy. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

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