Antonio Gramsci: Sport, Hegemony and the National-Popular



The interest of the Italian Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci (1891–1937) in sport was, apparently, ‘close to nil’ (Guttmann, 1994, p. 6). Yet his ideas have been highly influential in the social analysis of sport. This chapter briefly introduces the man and his work, and explains the appeal of a Gramscian framework to social science scholarship in general and to sport in particular. The Gramscian concepts of ‘hegemony’ and ‘national-popular’ are given particular emphasis. The chapter concludes with a brief consideration of the trajectory and legacy of Gramscian thought in the social theorization of sport.


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