Sport, Celebrity and Popular Culture: Sachin Tendulkar, Cricket and Indian Nationalisms

Nalapat, Abilash and Parker, Andrew (2005) Sport, Celebrity and Popular Culture: Sachin Tendulkar, Cricket and Indian Nationalisms. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 40 (4). pp. 433-446. ISSN 1012-6902

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Abstract

The theme of sporting celebrity has attracted a significant amount of attention in the sociology of sport in recent times. Evident here has been a sense that the autobiographical details of contemporary sports figures represent key sites through which cultural change can be observed, interpreted and analysed. This article takes one particular sporting celebrity, Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, and assess his image in terms of its contribution to debates surrounding politics, religion and Indian nationalism. Our central thesis is that whilst Tendulkar affords all the hallmarks of celebrity status, his identity remains rooted within the context of certain political and nationalistic values, all of which shape the contours of his iconic status especially in his homeland.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise > Coaching, Physical Education and Development
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2015 10:35
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2016 14:26
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2367

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