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Rofe, J. Simon and Postlethwaite, Verity (2021) 'Scholarship and Sports Diplomacy: the Case of Japan and the United Kingdom.' Diplomatica: A Journal of Diplomacy and Society, 3 (2). pp. 332-354.

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This article explores the scholarship regarding diplomatic processes and actors engaged in recent international sport events hosted by the United Kingdom and Japan. The article points to the range of actors involved, focusing on organizing committees, and assesses the effectiveness of sports diplomacy at a range of levels that go beyond a focus on the state. It uses international sport events documentation, global media archives, and public and private comments related to the United Kingdom and Japan. The article addresses three key issues: 1) Olympic-dominant discourse: the dominance and shift in process between hosting an Olympic Games and onto other events; 2) Western-dominant discourse: the differences between Japan and the UK in demonstrating distinct “East” and “West” sports diplomacy approaches; 3) State- dominant discourse: the role of knowledge exchange and elite networks that transcend the state and involve a range of different actors, such as the organizing committee.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The authors wish to thank the Social Science Research Council (USA), InterAsian Connections VI: Hanoi, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Pre/post-doctoral Fellowship Scheme for facilitating fieldwork and conference opportunities
Keywords: sports diplomacy – international sport events – sport mega-events – non-state actors – diplomatic processes – global sport – United Kingdom – Japan
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy
ISSN: 25891766
Copyright Statement: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC BY 4.0 license.
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Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2022 11:08
Related URLs: https://brill.c ... xml?language=en (Publisher URL)
Funders: Other

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