Skip to main content

Boxing, national identities and the symbolic importance of place: The ‘othering’ of Joe Calzaghe

Buy Article:

$55.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

In an analysis informed by social identities research, this article critically assesses the importance of place and nation in professional boxing. Based on media accounts surrounding the fight between Joe Calzaghe and Bernard Hopkins, it examines how the nation is positioned and how national identities are imagined. Calzaghe serves as a floating signifier of Wales, Britain and Europe in discourse positioning him as an outsider in the American boxing landscape. In examining the ‘othering’ of Calzaghe the article highlights how simplistic binaries are used to perpetuate notions of difference.

Keywords: Calzaghe, Joe (1972–); Hopkins, Bernard (1965–); Wales; boxing; social identities

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14608941003727924

Affiliations: Kent State University, Ohio, USA

Publication date: 2011-06-01

More about this publication?
  • Access Key
  • Free ContentFree content
  • Partial Free ContentPartial Free content
  • New ContentNew content
  • Open Access ContentOpen access content
  • Partial Open Access ContentPartial Open access content
  • Subscribed ContentSubscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed ContentPartial Subscribed content
  • Free Trial ContentFree trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more