The Olympic Cities of Montreal and Barcelona: A Theoretical Approach to the Impact of Hosting a Mega-sports Event on National Identity in a Multinational State

By Terrence Teixeira and Efthalia Chatzigianni.

Published by The Sport Collection

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Montreal and Barcelona were the first cities in their country to host the Olympic Games, and both the economic hub of a diverse region—Quebec and Catalonia respectively. This paper explores the Olympic journey of two cities and how they used the Games to showcase internationally the cultural uniqueness, economic strengths and identities of their respective region. Through an examination of numerous sources, it will be argued that various levels of government within Canada and Spain attempted to leverage the Games for their own socio-political gain. Specifically, Quebec and Catalonia experienced a shift in the degree of entrenchment within their respective federal states but for two very different reasons. Drawing on the framework of Critical Social Theory, the paper will provide for a better understanding of the complex interplay between multi-national states, regional identity, and the organization of an Olympic Games.

Keywords: Theme: Sporting Cultures and Identities, Regional Identity, Promotion of Culture, Olympic Games Organization

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 4, Issue 4, February 2015, pp.83-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 350.530KB).

Terrence Teixeira

Graduate Student, University of Peloponnese, Greece

Dr. Efthalia Chatzigianni

Tenured Assistant Professor, Department of Sport Management, University of Peloponnese, Greece