Sport Space and National Identity

  title={Sport Space and National Identity},
  author={Roman Hor{\'a}k and Georg Spitaler},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  pages={1506 - 1518}
This contribution will discuss how the formation of a national sport space interacts with the development of national self-awareness and national identity with reference to the Austrian case. It will be argued that the growing of an Austrian identity is not merely synchronous with the establishment of an Austrian sport space but that this nation-building process has been helped along substantially by the “Austrification” of two leading sports: urban soccer (associated with Vienna) and alpine… 

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