Sport, identities, and politics at the 2023 Island Games, Guernsey

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This article discusses the 2023 (NatWest) Island Games in Guernsey, the latest iteration of a sporting tournament held every two years in Atlantic Rim polities since 1985. The event’s participants include UK local authorities, crown dependencies, and British overseas territories. Significantly, non-British and non-Commonwealth polities such as the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland also take part, thus allowing UK and Commonwealth jurisdictions a means of performing national identity and diplomacy alongside non-Commonwealth polities. The author explores the potential and limits of this in an era where the Commonwealth (formerly British Empire) Games is struggling for survival.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-281
Number of pages18
JournalThe Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2024

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Island Games
  • Guernsey
  • sporting events
  • Commonwealth Games
  • offshore economy
  • subnational island jurisdictions


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