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)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalNational Identities
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2021


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