The new politics of sport

Ellis Cashmore, Kevin Dixon, Jamie Cleland

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Since 2020, the politics of sport have been transformed: traditional
assumptions about the role of sport in exercising its power and exerting
its influence in areas once regarded as taboo have changed. This commentary paper is based on qualitative responses drawn from an online
sample of 1067 participants, who were invited to share their perspectives on a variety of issues regarding the politics of sport. It documents
the end of the separation of sport and politics and explores how fans
respond to sport’s new involvement in social and moral affairs, such as
racism and other forms of inequality. The majority of fans understand
that sport offers an effective platform and think it should use its capacity
to influence change. However, a minority maintain that sport’s independence from political and social spheres should remain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalSport in Society
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2023


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