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June 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

Throughout our history in the Popular Culture Collective, we have embedded sport into the work that we do. The Tackling Sport hub, headed by Debbie Hindley, has produced some of the more fascinating and diverse material on this site.

The World Cup is one of those strange events that performs the conflicts and challenges of the world every four years. In 2006 — with the planet at war over religion, skin colour and economic systems — it seems bizarre that kicking a ball around a stadium can mean much at all. Yet perhaps this World Cup has foreshadowed our future. With European teams once more dominating the competition, and the United States being knocked out in the first round, the world (sporting) order is changing. Significantly, European teams — such as those from France — featured players of colour derived from the 'old' Empire. There is some justice in such a play/fight back.

As we move through this intense year of international relations, we in the Collective should pay more attention to sport. Perhaps when we watch a team, we are watching a shard of our political future.

See you in July.

T XXX

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