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Research Publications in journals:
From Dictatorship to Democracy in Spain: The Iconography of Motorcyclist Angel Nieto
Year:2011
Research Areas
  • Theoretical and historical questions in physical education and sport
Information
Abstract
Motorcycling in Spain was a minority sport from its very inception. However, the emergence of certain personalities, especially Angel Nieto, and their subsequent successes attracted the attention of high-ranking government officials who began to take an interest in it. Relatively quickly they identified the sport as a convenient method of advancing propaganda for the regime. The iconography associated with a sports hero, someone who began with nothing only to overcome great suffering and attain fame and recognition through sheer willpower, carried considerable symbolic resonance. Such sporting stars represented a set of values that state departments considered useful, and for which they did not hesitate to use both the press and even educational institutions to advance a relationship, as they saw it, between success in motor sport and the well-being of the nation. The subsequent emergence of a democratic system of government in Spain brought with it considerable levels of freedom, which in turn would have a profound impact on sport, including motorcycle racing. It would allow circuits to be built, foreign bikes to be imported into the country and a new type of sports star to emerge, one who now owed his/her success not alone to his/her own efforts but also to the considerable sporting infrastructures that existed in the 'new' Spain.
International
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JCR
Si
Title
The International Journal of the History of Sport
ISBN
0952-3367
Impact factor JCR
0
Impact info
Volume
28
10.1080/09523367.2011.537913
Journal number
2
From page
240
To page
252
Month
SIN MES
Ranking
Participants
  • Autor: Teresa Maria Gonzalez Aja (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: ESTUDIOS SOCIALES Y HUMANISTAS EN ACTIVIDAD FÍSICA Y DEPORTE
  • Departamento: Ciencias Sociales de la Actividad Física, del Deporte y del Ocio
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