Homi Bhabha’s article exemplifies the way in which cultures are becoming more and more interconnected in today’s world, an assertion I found highly complementary to my research topic. Bhabha embraces multiculturalism as the inevitable product of “hybridization,” and cautions the reader of not stripping away colonial ideas from the contemporary world. Ibrahimovic exudes this notion through his integration into the Swedish community. His Swedish identity manifests itself through his complete fluency of the language and his captaincy on the football team.
Through a deeper look into this international superstar, I started to wonder what the real meaning behind the football World Cup truly is. According to the FIFA organization, the mission behind the event is to “develop the game, touch the world, and build a better future” (Blatter). Through the reading the unifying statement, I realized that there is no mention of cultures coming together for the game; rather, FIFA stresses a focus on cultural diversity as part of its goal. More and more so, the national teams are comprised of ethnically diverse players; this is due to the immense migratory nature of people today. If one watches a game, substantial commentary is designated to the ethnic roots of each player. As such, I discovered the unity behind national teams; it is more of a representation of the country today, with all of its varieties and different origins. For example, Ibrahimovic signifies the substantial existing immigrant community in Sweden, a population that has now integrated itself into Swedish society. Through Bhabha’s argument, I see my research shifting towards an understanding of the World Cup as a whole. Ibrahimovic has served as an excellent case study through which I have reached this conclusive decision to shift my attention to the worldwide event instead.
A FIFA video:
“FIFA’s Mission – FIFA.com.” Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) – FIFA.com. 4 Apr. 2013.
Hall, Stuart, Paul Gay, and Homi Bhabha. “Culture’s In-Between.” Questions of Cultural Identity. London: Sage, 1996. 53-60. Print.