'We didn't want to do a dial-a-haka': Performing New Zealand nationhood in Turkey

McKay, Jim (2013) 'We didn't want to do a dial-a-haka': Performing New Zealand nationhood in Turkey. Journal of Sport and Tourism, 18 2: 117-135. doi:10.1080/14775085.2013.846229

Author McKay, Jim
Title 'We didn't want to do a dial-a-haka': Performing New Zealand nationhood in Turkey
Journal name Journal of Sport and Tourism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1477-5085
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14775085.2013.846229
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 117
End page 135
Total pages 19
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 1409 Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
Abstract This paper analyses performances of nationhood by New Zealand sports tourists in Turkey. The Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey is significant in the imagined community of New Zealand, because it was where the Fifth Ottoman Army defeated the 'Anzacs', an acronym for the all-volunteer Australian and New Zealand Army Corps within the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, in the Battle of Gallipoli during WW1. Gallipoli was once a site for grieving pilgrims but has recently morphed into a 'must-see' tourist destination. This transformation has included sports tourism, like the annual Dardanelles strait swimming competition that is now an iconic global event. Using a perspective of nationalism and tourism 'from below' and qualitative methods, I show how New Zealanders' performances on a combined sport and military tour, especially performing haka, both intensified feelings of nationhood and engendered historical empathy with soldiers on both sides of the war at Gallipoli. I explain this serendipitous outcome by coexisting processes of everyday nationalism, communitas, deterritorialisation and reflexive embodiment.
Keyword Deterritorialisation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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