One guy named Mo: race, nation and the London 2012 Olympic Games


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Burdsey, Daniel (2016) One guy named Mo: race, nation and the London 2012 Olympic Games Sociology of Sport Journal, 33 (1). pp. 14-25. ISSN 0741-1235

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The triumphal track and field performances of British distance runner, Mo Farah, at the London 2012 Olympic Games were lauded both for their athletic endeavour and for their perceived validation of the rhetoric of ethnic and cultural diversity and inclusion in which the Games were ensconced. By analysing coverage of the athlete’s achievements in mainstream British newspapers, this article presents a more complicated and critical reading of the relationship between Britishness, multiculture, the politics of inclusion and the London Games. Employing a Critical Discourse Approach, the article shows that Farah was constructed and represented by the media using narratives that are familiar, palatable and reassuring to the public; and that sustain hegemonic models of racialised nationhood and dominant ideologies around sport.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: © 2016 Human Kinetics, Inc. As accepted for publication.
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L900 Cultural Studies > L990 - Social studies not elsewhere classified
L000 Social Sciences > L600 Anthropology > L610 Social and Cultural Anthropology
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1123/ssj.2015-0009
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 03:01
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 13:48

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