Sport and politics in Croatia - Athletes as National Icons in History Textbooks

Autori

  • Ivan Hrstić Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Zagreb
  • Marko Mustapić Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Zagreb

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.13130/2035-7680/6607

Parole chiave:

sport, politics, Croatia, history textbooks, nationalism

Abstract

Strong relationship between sport and politics in everyday life is evident. Research on this topic has usually been concentrated on the relation between sport and nations. Despite that, research on the process of national identity (re)construction is still relatively rare. Therefore, as one aspect of that process, we have decided to do a research on the role of representation of sport in history textbooks. History textbooks represent an important tool in the construction and dissemination process of „official“ historical narratives in all states and societies, because the nation-states impose themselves as representatives of general public interest and they seek to retain control over school curriculum in order to validate the current system. When it comes to nation-states, one of the main goals of education is (re)construction of national identity among the youngest members of society. That was one of our initial theses in our analysis of the representation of sport in Croatian history textbooks for the final grades of primary and secondary schools in the period from 1918 to 2014. Our aim was to define the role of athletes and sport in general – both in the process of (re)construction of national identity and in the context of the process of modernization.

Biografie autore

Ivan Hrstić, Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Zagreb

Ivan Hrstić (1984), PhD is a historian and research associate at Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar in Zagreb. His research interests lies in social history, with the emphasis on the process of modernization and the interwar history. He participated in several research projects in Croatia, while on the international level he is currently a MC substitute member on COST IS1308 Action (Populist Political Communication in Europe: Comprehending the Challenge of Mediated Political Populism for Democratic Politics). He is the co-author of two books of proceedings and author of 10 scientific and research papers. Full bibliography can be found on: http://bib.irb.hr/lista-radova?autor=302503&lang=EN

Marko Mustapić, Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Zagreb

Marko Mustapić (1977), PhD is a sociologist and research associate at Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar in Zagreb. His research interests include youth, sport, social problems and political communication. He participated in several Croatian research projects, including Public opinion and mass media (2004-2014). Currently, he is member of Croatian research team at the (FP7) project MYPLACE (Memory, Youth, Political Legacy And Civic Engagement) since 2011 and MC Member of COST IS1308 Action (Populist Political Communication in Europe: Comprehending the Challenge of Mediated Political Populism for Democratic Politics) since 2014. He is member of the Youth Policy Council of the Croatian government since 2012. He was the co-author of one book and co-editor of one book of proceedings and (co)author of 32 scientific and research papers. He is member of two professional associations. Also, he was associate professor at Faculty of Political Science (University of Zagreb) and Faculty of Kinesiology (University of Zagreb). He is currently associate professor at Study of Sociology at Catholic University of Croatia (Zagreb) and College of Communication Management Edward Barneys (Zagreb). Full bibliography can be found on: http://bib.irb.hr/lista-radova?autor=262920&lang=EN

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Pubblicato

2015-11-30

Come citare

Hrstić, Ivan, e Marko Mustapić. 2015. «Sport and Politics in Croatia - Athletes As National Icons in History Textbooks». Altre Modernità, n. 14 (novembre):148-65. https://doi.org/10.13130/2035-7680/6607.