Argentina versus England at the France '98 World Cup: narratives of nation and the mythologizing of the popular

Alabarces, Pablo, Tomlinson, Alan and Young, Christopher (2001) Argentina versus England at the France '98 World Cup: narratives of nation and the mythologizing of the popular Media, Culture & Society, 23 (5). pp. 547-566.

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Abstract

The football (soccer) game between Argentina and England during the France '98 World Cup is analysed as a form of media event in which the sports encounter is the source of and high-profile focus for the media's mobilization of narratives of the nation, and reaffirmation of popular mythologies of the national. The legacy of previous Argentina-England encounters is discussed in the light of the persistence of foundation myths concerning the style and impact of the respective national versions of soccer, and the contemporary media's coverage of those myths. The media responses, primarily in press and television, to the 1998 encounter are reviewed and compared in both the Argentinian and the English settings. This comparative analysis is situated, in conclusion, within analytical debates concerning the geo-political nature of persisting sporting stereotypes, and methodological issues concerning the relationship between contextual historical analysis and textual interpretation.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: football styles and heroes; media events; sporting stereotypes
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1177/016344301023005001
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport > Chelsea School
Depositing User: Chelsea editor
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2013 09:12
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1410

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