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Chile Decime Que Se Siente: Sports, Conflicts, and Chronicles of Miscarried Hospitality

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This article examines the complex relationship between war, sports, and hospitality. Citing historical examples involving Argentina and based on primary data collected during the America Cup 2015, it deconstructs the dominant view that tourism fortifies international understanding and peace. Internal stability of many nation-states depends on a contrasting discourse of "our" versus "their" and sports competitions provide a safe arena for this. Also, sporting events can give spectators avenues for mitigating or amplifying bitterness associated with unsavory historical events involving the country of the competing team, depending upon who wins. Based on content analysis of social media posts made by the spectators of America Cup 2015, we identify three clusters, each reflecting a specific implication for international peace.
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Keywords: ARGENTINA; CHILE; CONFLICTS; PEACE; SPORTS; TOURISM

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 13, 2016

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  • Event Management, an International Journal, intends to meet the research and analytic needs of a rapidly growing profession focused on events. This field has developed in size and impact globally to become a major business with numerous dedicated facilities, and a large-scale generator of tourism. The field encompasses meetings, conventions, festivals, expositions, sport and other special events. Event management is also of considerable importance to government agencies and not-for-profit organizations in a pursuit of a variety of goals, including fund-raising, the fostering of causes, and community development.
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