Sporting Heritage and National Identity

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This paper will discuss how Sporting Heritage engenders national and group identities. The topics related too in this paper, are the types of identity represented by sporting Heritage, as sporting heritage has the ability to represent groups and entire nations across the world. Sport is a fundamental part of British and world culture and is an important aspect of modern life. This topic is relevant to recent trends within modern interest as it touches upon numerous essential museum issues, for instance questions related to sport having not always being perceived as real heritage by academics and furthermore the recent inclusion of sport in academic discussion, due to until fairly recently sport was not being considered to be a topic relevant to academic discourse. Although the importance of sport has been recognised by a selection of academics and historians, sport is yet to be entirely valued in the growing field of heritage studies, as a result of until recently sport and heritage have often operated as apparently separate spheres of study. Yet together sport and heritage have the ability to convey a powerful message to the people in modern society; convergence between the spheres of sport and heritage can be seen as on the increase as displayed by the rise in popularity of sports museums such as the national sports museum situated in Manchester, and the increase in collecting of sporting art and memorabilia, as well as the widespread concern over the demise of historic sporting buildings and other sport-related sites across the world. The representation of the identities of many individuals, groups and nations displays sporting heritages prominence on a global scale; therefore it seems apparent that the topic concerned is by na... ... middle of paper ... ...: Governors State University. o Mellor, G. (2004). The Flowers Of Manchester: The Munich Disaster And The Discursive Creation Of Manchester United Football Club, Soccer And Society. P265-284. o Phillip, M. O’Neill, M. & Osmond, G. (2007). Broadening Horizons In Sport History: Films, Photo-Graphs, And Monuments, Journal Of Sport History 34. P 271-293. o Smith, L. (2006). Uses Of Heritage. London: Routledge. o Isreal, J. & Tajfel, H. (1972). The Context Of Social Psychology: A Critical Assessment. University Of California: Acad Press. P57. o Vander Zanden, J. & Pace, A. (1984). Educational Psychology: In Theory And Practice (2nd Ed.) New York: Random House. P 74 o Worts, D. (1996). Visitors Make Their Own Meaning. In G. Durbin (Ed.), Developing Museum Exhibitions For Lifelong Learning. London: The Stationery Office For The Group For Education In Museums. P 123-130.
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