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Cosmopolitanism united by electricity and sport: James Gordon Bennett Jnr and the Paris Herald as sites of internationalism and cultural mediation in belle époque France

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Hugh Dauncey, Dr Geoff Hare


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Proprietor and director of the Paris Herald newspaper, James Gordon Bennett Jnr (1841-1918) was a key agent in the development of international sporting competitions during the belle epoque, promoted and mediatised by the Herald. This international newspaper, managed by an American representative of a growing upper-class society of affluent expatriates in Europe, was a key site of internationalism', merging its owner's fascination with sport and technological progress, especially in mechanised sport, with the facilitation of an imagined community' of the leisured elite who attended and participated in these prestigious sports events and recognised shared values in the newspaper itself. The study of Bennett and the Paris Herald using Geyer and Paulmann's theoretisations (2001) of sites of internationalism', and Lamizet's conceptualisations (2000a, 2000b) of cultural mediation' and of the passeur culturel' (2005) reveal how sport and the media interacted during the 1890s and 1900s in the Herald in the development of internationalised sport and society.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Dauncey H, Hare G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: French Cultural Studies

Year: 2014

Volume: 25

Issue: 1

Pages: 38-53

Print publication date: 01/02/2014

Online publication date: 05/02/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 0957-1558

ISSN (electronic): 1740-2352

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/0957155813510670


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