Sport and Society in Global France

Nations, Migrations, Corporations

Cathal Kilcline

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ISBN: 9781781382899

Publication: January 31, 2019

Series: Studies in Modern and Contemporary France 2

From Zinedine Zidane to Michael Jordan and from Marie-José Pérec to Lance Armstrong, over the last thirty years, numerous individuals have emerged through the global sports industry to capture the imagination of the French public and become touchstones for the discussion of a host of social issues. This book provides new insights into the evolution of the global sporting spectacle through a study of star athletes, emblematic organisations, key locations, and celebrated moments in French sport from the mid-1980s to the present day. It draws on a wide range of sources, from film, television, advertising, newspapers, and popular music to cover key developments in sports including football, motorsport, basketball, and cycling. Sport here emerges as a privileged site for the discussion of the nature of contemporary nationhood, as well as for the performance of France’s postcolonial heritage. Simultaneously, sport provides a platform for the playing out of concerns over globalisation, and, in a time of post-industrial uncertainty, for nostalgic reminiscences of an apocryphal bygone era of social cohesion. The exploration of these themes leads to new understandings of the ways sport influences and is implicated in broader social and cultural concerns in France today.

Cathal Kilcline teaches French in the west of Ireland. Whilst researching this book, Cathal was supported by the Irish Research Council and the EU Commission (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) through a CARA Postdoctoral Mobility Fellowship

Introduction
Chapter 1 – Monuments Men: Among the Afterlives of France ’98
Chapter 2 – Football’s Françafrique
Chapter 3 – Adventure capitalists: Paris-Dakar redux
Chapter 4 – American Dreams: Be Like Mike
Chapter 5 - Made in France: Nostalgia and (re)cycling
Chapter 6 – Plutocrats, Paranoia, Platoche : Qatar Sports Investment in Paris
Conclusion
Bibliography

“This book should become required reading for academics and students of French sports studies wishing to bring themselves up to date with current thinking about developments in French sport, culture and society in the last two decades.”
Geoff Hare, Newcastle University
 

"This study is a timely one, both in terms of the clear contemporary relevance of the issues that it discusses, but also, more pragmatically, in terms of the growing general interest worldwide in France as a sporting nation."
Hugh Dauncey, Newcastle University
 

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 × 163 mm

336 Pages

16 B&W illustrations

Copyright: © 2019

ISBN: 9781781382899

Publication: January 31, 2019

Series: Studies in Modern and Contemporary France 2

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