Sport and Nationalism in China
By Zhouxiang Lu, Fan Hong
Published May 15th 2013 by Routledge – 160 pages
This is the first book to comprehensively map the relationships between sport, nationalism and nation building in China. By exploring the last 150 years of Chinese history, it offers unparalleled depth and breadth of coverage and provides a clear grasp of Chinese sports nationalism from both macro and micro perspectives.
Beginning with a discussion on the role of sport in the Qing Dynasty’s Self-Strengthening Movement (1861-1895), the book examines how sport contributed to the shaping of the early forms of Chinese nationalism in the late 19th century. Lu identifies and defines the core functions of sport in the Chinese Nationalist Revolution which successfully transformed China from a culturally bound empire to a modern nation state in 1911. The following section, on the Republic of China Era (1912-1949), explores the interactions between sport and the construction of Chinese nationalism and national consciousness, illustrating how sport played its part in the building of the newly established nation state. Moving on to the Communist China Era (1949-present), the book scans the whole spectrum of both modern and contemporary Chinese nationalism and interprets the most important issues on the course of China’s nation building, explaining why sport is so tightly bound up with nationalism and patriotism, and how sport became an essential part of nationalists', politicians' and educationalists' strategy to revive the Chinese nation.
This definitive guide to sport and nationalism in China will be important reading for students, scholars and researchers with a special interest in this complex, interesting, and important field of study.
1. Introduction: Sport, Nationalism and Nation State
2. From Celestial Empire to Nation State: Sport and the Origins of Chinese Nationalism
3. On the Road to Maturity: Sport, Nationalism and the Building of the Modern Chinese Nation State
4. Strengthening the Nation State and Catching up with the Super Powers: Sport and Chinese Nationalism in the Early Years of the PRC
5. Sport and the ‘Two Chinas Issue’ in the 1950s
6. Sport, Nationalism, and Politics during the Cultural Revolution
7. The Settlement of the ‘Two Chinas Issue’ in Sport
8. The 1980s
9. The Quest for Glory: Chinese Sport and Nationalism in the 1990s and 2000s
10. The Everlasting Hatred: Sport and Anti-Japanese Sentiment since the 1980s
11. Post Beijing 2008: The Rise of Civic Nationalism and the Future of Chinese Sport
Lu Zhouxiang is Research Assistant and Administrator in the School of Asian Studies at University College Cork.
Fan Hong is the Director of School of Asian Studies, the Irish Institute of Chinese Studies and the Confucius Institute at University College Cork.