Sport, Spectacle and The Politics of Late Capitalism

Articulating the neoliberal order

Authored by: David Andrews

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

10.4324/9781315761930.ch19

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Abstract

With reference to the nature and influence of late capitalist sport, much of my previous work on the topic has focused on the centrality of culture to the workings of late capitalism (Andrews 2006, 2009). These Mandel (1998) and Jameson (1991, 1998) informed analyses tended to focus on the convergence of cultural and economic fields and forces, as manifest within and through the complexities of corporate sport. However, the logics of the late capitalist mode of production are not solely economic and cultural in nature, since it also incorporates political, social and/or technological dimensions according to the specificities of time and space (Hardt and Weeks 2000). Acknowledging this complex and conjunctural ‘de-differentiation of fields’ (Jameson 1998: 73), this chapter nonethelesss foregrounds the political dimensions of contemporary sport culture, particularly as they relate to the relationship between sport spectacles, late capitalism, and neoliberalism.

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