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Sport has been used variously as a social glue, a factor in nation-building, a projection of “soft power” and a form of cultural diplomacy – especially in the Cold War period. Less well-known is the use that global sport has been put to in spying and intelligence gathering.
The article gives an overview over central issues, challenges and opportunities in regard to sport in foreign policy.
Joseph Maguire is Professor of Sociology of Sport, Loughborough University. He is Past-President of the International Sociology of Sport Association and is on the Executive Board of the International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education.
He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen and at the University of the Western Cape. He has received several accolades including "Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences", "The International Sociology of Sport Association Honorary Member's Award" and, "The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Distinguished Service Award".
He has published authored or edited 14 books and has published in a range of international journals. His work focuses on globalisation, examining the Olympics and mega-events, national identity and sport and development. Recent publications include: "Reflections on Process Sociology and Sport", "Sports Across Asia", "Social Sciences in Sport", "Sport and Migration", "Power and Global Sport" and "Japan, Sport and Society".