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Constructing the national through sports news in Catalonia (2007–2009)

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The omnipresence of sport in the media and some of the characteristics associated with its presentation (constant presence, banality, emotional attachments … ) make it a prominent tool for the construction and reproduction of nationalism. In Catalonia, a territory in which two national identities coexist (Catalan and Spanish), sport plays a dominant role in the transmission of nationalizing messages. The present article analyses how the general press in Catalonia reproduce the nation through its treatment of sports information. We analyse the press coverage of sporting events in the period before the emergence of the recent pro-independence movement (2007–2009). The results reveal the presence of messages informed by the two nationalist persuasions (Catalan and Spanish), although with a clear prevalence of the latter in four of the six newspapers analysed.
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Keywords: Catalonia; banal nationalism; media; nation building; press; sport

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya 2: INEFC-Universitat de Barcelona

Publication date: October 1, 2014

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  • The Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies (CJCS) is committed to publishing research and theoretical articles in the fields of media studies, popular culture and cinema, public relations and advertising studies, social communication, new media, language uses in the media, communication and cultural policies, social and national identities, gender studies, sports and leisure, tourism and heritage, among other related issues. CJCS publishes double blind peer-reviewed articles and its aims and scope cover not only Catalan media and cultural systems but also other social contexts.
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