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Title: 'Team GB' and London 2012: The Paradox of National and Global Identities
Author(s): MacRury, Iain
Poynter, Gavin
Issue Date: 2010
Date Deposited: 20-Sep-2021
Citation: MacRury I & Poynter G (2010) 'Team GB' and London 2012: The Paradox of National and Global Identities. International Journal of the History of Sport, 27 (16-18), pp. 2958-2975.
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1080/09523367.2010.508280
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in International Journal of the History of Sport. Iain MacRury & Gavin Poynter (2010) ‘Team GB’ and London 2012: The Paradox of National and Global Identities, The International Journal of the History of Sport, 27:16-18, 2958-2975, DOI: 10.1080/09523367.2010.508280. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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