Football and National Identities in Spain: The Strange Death of Don Quixote

Hardcover | October 25, 2013

byAlejandro Quiroga

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Football is the most popular sport on earth, and a near-universal means of expressing collective identification. This book investigates the uses made of football to create, shape and foster national identities in Spain since the beginning of the twentieth century. Its focus is on the manner in which football reporting has been utilized to cultivate Spanish, Catalan and Basque national myths and stereotypes in different historical circumstances. Football and National Identities in Spain shows the changing and artificial nature of myths and exposes the often dark vested interests behind the propagation of national narratives through soccer. This book analyses Spanish, British, French, German and Italian media to tell the fascinating story of how the Spanish national team went from perennial underachiever to one of the most lauded in the history of the game and the profound implications this transformation had for the national and international image of Spain.

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Football is the most popular sport on earth, and a near-universal means of expressing collective identification. This book investigates the uses made of football to create, shape and foster national identities in Spain since the beginning of the twentieth century. Its focus is on the manner in which football reporting has been utilized...

Alejandro Quiroga is Reader in Spanish History at Newcastle University, UK. He is the author of Making Spaniards: Primo de Rivera and the Nationalization of the Masses, 1923-1930 and The Reinvention of Spain: Nation and Identity since Democracy (with Sebastian Balfour).
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 11.1 × 5.71 × 0.63 inPublished:October 25, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230355404

ISBN - 13:9780230355408

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Table of Contents

1.Football, National Narratives and the Cumulative Media Effect
2.Invention and Development of the Fury and Failure Narrative (1920-1975)
3.Transition to Democracy (1975-1982)
4.In Search of Modernity's Ark (1982-2000)
5.From Patriotic Bulimia to Nationalist Obesity (2001-2012)
6.Football and Identities in Catalonia
7.Football and identities in the Basque Country
8.Conclusion: Don Quixote Scavenges for Food