This book investigates the use of football to create, shape and promote Spanish, Catalan and Basque national identities and explores the utilization of soccer to foster patriotic feelings, exposing the often dark vested interests behind the propagation of national narratives through soccer.
About the Author
Alejandro Quiroga is Reader in Spanish History at Newcastle University, UK. He is the author of Making Spaniards: Primo de Rivera and the Nationalization of the Masses, 1923-1930 and The Reinvention of Spain: Nation and Identity since Democracy (with Sebastian Balfour).
Table of Contents
1. Football, National Narratives and the Cumulative Media Effect 2. Invention and Development of the Fury and Failure Narrative (1920-1975) 3. Transition to Democracy (1975-1982) 4. In Search of Modernity's Ark (1982-2000) 5. From Patriotic Bulimia to Nationalist Obesity (2001-2012) 6. Football and Identities in Catalonia 7. Football and identities in the Basque Country 8. Conclusion: Don Quixote Scavenges for Food