A Global Game – Sport, Culture, Development and Foreign Policy
The Culture Report / EUNIC Yearbook 2016 Focuses on Sports and Politics
“Sport is more than just a game; it has the potential to play an influential role.” With these words, the Scottish sports sociologist Grant Jarvie describes the effect that sport has on politics. The Rio Olympics 2016, only a few days away, demonstrate clearly once again how sporting events held over the course of several weeks can develop into the biggest of transnational media events. They knit together the international community, they transcend linguistic and cultural barriers, and they bring cultural differences to the fore. At the same time, these events show how sport can be exploited for political ends, or for economic gain.
In which way, precisely, does sport contribute to international relations? What potential does sport hold in this regard?Which strategies and approaches are needed in order for sport, with its integrative capacity, to overcome its dark side, marked by corruption and political interference? How can societies benefit from the uniting power of sport and from the values that it promotes, such as fair play and team spirit? At the same time, how can EUNIC, the European network of national cultural institutes, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, strengthen the role of culture in European foreign relations? In the current issue of the Culture Report/EUNIC Yearbook 2016 , answers to these questions are provided by a number of authors, including Reinhold Messner, Dave Eggers, Julian Rieck, Umberto Eco, Julia Haß, Anders Ravn Sørensen , and Rafael Rodríguez-Ponga.
The Culture Report/EUNIC Yearbook is published by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) and the European network of national cultural institutes, EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture).