Identity and Sport in Late Modern China: Collectivism vs. Individualism
Dr Suki Ali (Department of Sociology) and Professor Charis Thompson (Department of Sociology).
Identity; Race and Ethnicity; Masculinity; Sociology of Sport; China Studies
I began my MPhil/PhD studies at LSE Sociology in 2016/2017. I hold degrees in BBA (Marketing) and MSocSc (Media, Culture and Creative Cities) from The University of Hong Kong.
This project examines how Chinese sportsman, through his direct reflections of the behaviours and experiences revealed in the different domains of his everyday life, understand his self-identities. While the subject of Chinese sportsman’s identities has been under-theorized in today’s literature, the thesis re-addresses the research gap and maps out informed narratives of how a Chinese sportsman identifies himself with his identities in local (daily life in China) and global contexts (international competitions).
The thesis also looks into how the various perspectives of a sportsman’s understanding of his self-identities intersect with one another and with the ideals of Chinese cultural thinking [discourses associated with Confucianism, manhood (masculinity) and race and ethnicity]. Based on the 40 in-depth interviews conducted with Chinese male badminton athletes, the project draws on the dialogues to highlight three overarching themes: the importance of roles and relations in formulating the “relational” part of a sportsman’s self, the fleeting moments of performativity in competitions which engender a fluid and ever-evolving process for sportsman to identify with the “unconscious” part of his self and, importantly, the governance of the contesting/contested two-part self that operates within the boundaries of relations and performativity.
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