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Sport, memory, and nationhood in Japan: remembering the glory days

Andreas Niehaus UGent and Christian Tagsold (2012) SPORT IN GLOBAL SOCIETY.
abstract
This book clarifies and verifies the role sport has as an alternative marker in understanding and mapping memory in Japan, by applying the concept of lieux de mémoire (realms of memory) to sport in Japan. Japanese history and national construction have not been short of sports landmarks since the end of the nineteenth century. Western-style sports were introduced into Japan in order to modernize the country and develop a culture of consciousness about bodies resembling that of the Western world. Japan’s modernization has been a process of embracing Western thought and culture while at the same time attempting to establish what distinguishes Japan from the West. In this context, sports functioned as sites of contested identities and memories. The Olympics, baseball and soccer have produced memories in Japan, but so too have martial arts, which by their very name signify an attempt to create traditions beyond Western sports. Because modern sports form bodies of modern citizens and, at the same time, offer countless opportunities for competition with other nations, they provide an excellent ground for testing and contesting national identifications. By revealing some of the key realms of memory in the Japanese field of sports, this book shows how memories and counter-memories of (sport) moments, places, and heroes constitute an inventory for identity. This book was originally published as a special issue of Sport in Society.
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editor
UGent and Christian Tagsold
organization
year
type
bookEditor
publication status
published
subject
series title
SPORT IN GLOBAL SOCIETY
pages
158 pages
publisher
Routledge
place of publication
New York, NY, USA
ISSN
1368-9789
ISBN
9780415525367
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
B3
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
VABB id
c:vabb:338958
VABB type
VABB-3
id
2957989
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2957989
date created
2012-07-08 10:22:56
date last changed
2013-01-09 10:43:35
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  isbn         = {9780415525367},
  issn         = {1368-9789},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {158},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {SPORT IN GLOBAL SOCIETY},
  title        = {Sport, memory, and nationhood in Japan: remembering the glory days},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Niehaus, Andreas, and Christian Tagsold, eds. 2012. “Sport, Memory, and Nationhood in Japan: Remembering the Glory Days.” Sport in Global Society. New York, NY, USA: Routledge.
APA
Niehaus, A., & Tagsold, C. (Eds.). (2012). Sport, memory, and nationhood in Japan: remembering the glory days. SPORT IN GLOBAL SOCIETY. New York, NY, USA: Routledge.
Vancouver
1.
Niehaus A, Tagsold C, editors. Sport, memory, and nationhood in Japan: remembering the glory days. SPORT IN GLOBAL SOCIETY. New York, NY, USA: Routledge; 2012.
MLA
Niehaus, Andreas, and Christian Tagsold, eds. “Sport, Memory, and Nationhood in Japan: Remembering the Glory Days.” SPORT IN GLOBAL SOCIETY 2012 : n. pag. Print.