Athletic naturalisation, nationality and nationalism : Naturalised players in Hong Kong’s representative (national) football team

Sheung Ching YUNG*, Annie Hau Nung CHAN, David R PHILLIPS

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The increasing transnational mobility of athletes is accompanied by the growing presence of naturalised athletes in national teams, raising questions about the implications for nationalism and national identity in sports. Hong Kong offers a unique context to examine these issues as a Special Administrative Region of China which has its own representative (‘national’) team despite its non-sovereign status. Using in-depth interviews with 24 informants (fans, players, coaches, etc.), this paper examines how naturalised players from overseas and Mainland China are perceived by stakeholders of Hong Kong football. We found that informants articulated an ‘instrumental-plus’ discourse about these players, and a ‘civic-plus’ conception of nationality. Implications for sport and nationalism in the Hong Kong–China context and beyond are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101269022096477
JournalInternational Review for the Sociology of Sport
Early online date20 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Oct 2020

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Keywords

  • athletic naturalisation
  • Hong Kong
  • national identity
  • nationalism
  • nationality

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