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Rethinking global sports migration and forms of transnational, cosmopolitan and diasporic belonging: a case study of international yachtsman Sir Peter Blake

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The increasingly global dispersion of elite athletes pursuing sporting careers is an important aspect of the global flow of sport-capital. Such sport migration lends itself to theorising that considers questions about attachment to place, particularly in relation to citizenship, identity and nationalism. Yet only recently have theoretically valuable concepts such as transnationalism, cosmopolitanism and diaspora been foregrounded in studies of sporting migrants. Based on an analysis of British and New Zealand media coverage of international yachtsman Sir Peter Blake's death, we analyse the overlapping forms of identity attributed to this apparently model transnational citizen. We conclude that this case study raises important questions about the multiplicity of identities in a globalised world and expands our understandings of diaspora beyond the classic focus on forced dispersal and non-dominant racial groups.
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Keywords: Great Britain; New Zealand; cosmopolitan; diaspora; media; nationalism; sport; transnational

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sport and Leisure Studies, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand 2: The Chelsea School, University of Brighton, Eastbourne, UK

Publication date: September 1, 2009

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