‘For the benefit of our nation': unstable soft power in the 2018 men's World Cup in Russia

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Title
‘For the benefit of our nation': unstable soft power in the 2018 men's World Cup in Russia
Journal
International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics
Author(s)
Wolfe Sven Daniel
ISSN
1940-6940
1940-6959
Publication state
Published
Issued date
04/11/2020
Pages
1-17
Language
english
Abstract
Situated at the intersection of the literatures on soft power and mega- events, this paper explains the production and evolution of the dominant narratives behind the 2018 Men’s Football World Cup in Russia. It begins from the premise that there are multiple unexplored dimensions to the concept of soft power and proposes three advancements: the existence of multiple audiences for soft power narratives, the necessity of examining soft power aspirations in the context of hard power constraints, and the investigation of both of these dimensions with a view that acknowledges the role of time. Exploring both externally and internally targeted narra- tives, this paper demonstrates not only the attempts by Russian autho- rities to construct hegemonic ideology among the domestic population, but also reveals how the interplay of hard power and soft power concerns changed these narratives over time.
Keywords
Soft power, hegemonic ideology, mega-events, World Cup, Russia
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