Mediated (Re)Presentations of Golf and National Identity in the United States: Some Observations on the Ryder Cup

in International Journal of Sport Communication

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John HarrisKent State University, USA

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The Ryder Cup is undoubtedly the biggest and most prestigious team competition in golf but has received little attention from scholars with an interest in sport communication. This commentary examines print- and electronic-media accounts of the 2006 event and looks at how the Ryder Cup is used to (re)present images of the U.S. nation. The analysis highlights how the defeat was positioned within a broader narrative of a supposed “crisis” in U.S. sport and was also linked to a discourse of larger cultural decline.

The authors are with the School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242.

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