A Sociology of the World Rally Championship

A Sociology of the World Rally Championship

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From its inauguration in 1973 until today, the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) has been transformed from a little-known series to a pop-cultural roadshow worth millions of euros. In a promotional context this has spurred a debate between those who want rallying to be what it was historically and those who desire a real shift into 'the commercial age'. Drawing upon interviews with key people in the sport and trans-local ethnographic research from rallies, spectator cultures, the inner life of a WRC team, and the media production facilities, this book explores these questions of commerciality and sporting identity, arguing that the WRC's sporting identity is in fact a promotional asset. Placed at the intersection of sociology and sports management, A Sociology of the World Rally Championship is essential reading on how to combine sporting heritage with commercial progress.... buy andtakes no cognisance ofthe message element which is inherentin any brand/sponsorship relationshipa#39;(Meenaghan, 2005, p.254). ... At the time ofits breakthrough intheglobal landscape of cars in the early 1990s, Subaru, as the casein point, wasa marginalcar ... To the Japanese manufacturer, a#39;the collaborative way the rally team went about solving problemsa#39; (BeckBurridge and Walton, 2001, p.

Title:A Sociology of the World Rally Championship
Author:Hans Erik Naess
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-09-19


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