Sport and Language Politics In Canada

Authored by: Christine Dallaire , Jean Harvey

Routledge Handbook of Sport and Politics

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138792548
eBook ISBN: 9781315761930
Adobe ISBN: 9781317646679


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As illustrated through several previous chapters in this collection, countless accounts of the use of sport as a tool for the promotion of national as well as minority identities abound in sport studies literature (among many others see Bairner 2001). From Nazi Germany propaganda to post-apartheid South African nation building, from expressions of political minorities community life to minorities resistance, to the reproduction of dominant nations, sport can play a contrasted and significant role in the promotion/repression/resistance of diverse forms of national and ethnic communities. Arguably, among the less frequent accounts of such expressions or strategic collective initiatives, are the ones illustrating how sport can be bound up with language politics and collective expressions/strategies of community belonging. The aim of this chapter is precisely to examine the intersection of sport with language politics and identities, using examples of two different sporting events in Canada. In contrast with an earlier contribution on identity politics in Quebec (see Harvey 1999), the focus here is not on how sport contributes to political divisions in Canada, but rather on how sporting games are contributors to contrasted Francophone identities in Canada.

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