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A Sociology of the World Rally Championship

History, Identity, Memories and Place


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Hans Erik Naess
    Pages 1-23
  3. Hans Erik Naess
    Pages 24-54
  4. Hans Erik Naess
    Pages 55-85
  5. Hans Erik Naess
    Pages 86-115
  6. Hans Erik Naess
    Pages 116-149
  7. Hans Erik Naess
    Pages 150-177
  8. Hans Erik Naess
    Pages 178-207
  9. Hans Erik Naess
    Pages 208-232
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 233-260

About this book


Drawing upon interviews with key people in the World Rally Championship as well as trans-local ethnographic research, this book explores questions of commerciality and sporting identity, tackling the sport's controversial handling of the shift into 'the commercial age'. It is essential reading on combining sporting heritage and commercial progress.


identity Promotion sociology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of OsloNorway

About the authors

Hans Erik Næss is a Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Oslo, Norway. He is affiliated with the interdisciplinary research programme CULTRANS (Cultural Transformation in the Age of Globalization). His blog, Thrills and Spills: Sociology goes to the FIA World Rally Championship, can be found here:

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