"Freedom for Catalonia provides a stimulating sociological exploration of the dynamic interaction between regional, local andn national identities during the organization and staging of the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992... Hargreaves provides a good model for staging a broad discussion of national identity through a close reading of a particular Olympic Games." Pamela Radcliff, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"Carefully documented and resting on a significant amount of participant observation, Hargreaves' book makes an imporatant contribution in several areas of inquiry." Bulletin of The Society for Spanish and portuguese Historical Studies
Although the fight for independence by ethnic minorities has received much attention recently, there is no study of how globalised sport in its most advanced form can help to stimulate it. This book shows how the 1992 Olympic Games raised the tension that already existed between Catalonia and Spain. John Hargreaves analyses and explains the way in which the conflict developed and eventually resolved in terms of the special characteristics of Catalan nationalism, the nature of the new Spanish democracy and the special role played by the International Olympic Committee.