Sport and nationality: towards thick and thin forms of citizenship

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This study explores the relationship between national belonging, acquiring citizenship, and migration. Taking high profile examples from international sports events, it seeks to unveil the complexities behind the question: who may represent the nation? The historical models of jus sanguine (blood ties) and jus soli (territorial birthright) are well-known markers and symbols of citizenship and nationality. The study proposes an ideal-type model of thick, thin, and in-between forms of citizenship. This model clarifies and provides direction to the empirical understanding of ‘citizenship as claims-making’, as recently suggested by Bloemraad [(2018).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-215
Number of pages19
JournalNational Identities
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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This work was supported by the Erasmus University as part of the Research Excellence Initiatives. I would like to thank the Sport and Nation team at the Erasmus School of History Culture and Communication at the Erasmus University Rotterdam: Godfried Engbersen, Jacco Sterkenburg, and Joost Jansen. My special gratitude goes to Gijs van Campenhout for his comments on an earlier draft of this paper. It goes without saying that any errors remain mine.

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© 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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