China’s football dream : sport, citizenship, symbolic power, and civic spaces

Sullivan, J ORCID:, Chadwick, SM ORCID: and Gow, M 2019, 'China’s football dream : sport, citizenship, symbolic power, and civic spaces' , Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 43 (6) , pp. 493-514.

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This article examines the mobilization of football in relation to Chinese state-building projects. Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of “symbolic power” is applied to frame policy analysis of China’s 2016-2050 National Football Plan and narrative analysis of developments within China’s rapidly expanding football sector. The extensive mobilization of national, provincial, and local government institutions forms spaces for civic participation in state-building projects through direct participation in football. These civic spaces allow for active citizenship engagement with state projects and for expressions of consensus and participation with the Chinese Dream while also limiting potential for competing cultural movements to emerge. This article argues that such developments are driven primarily for socio-political objectives with the aim of fostering shared notions of citizenship through the medium of sport.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: pissn 0193-7235; eissn 1552-7638 **History: issued 05-08-2019; published_online 05-08-2019
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sport and Social Issues
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1552-7638
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Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2019 11:49
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