Moving the Goalposts: A History of Sport and Society Since 1945

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Psychology Press, 1998 - History - 236 pages
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Moving the Goalposts provides a survey of British sport since 1945 and examines its place in British culture. The author discusses issues of politics, national identity, gender, class, and ethnicity. In Moving the Goalposts, Martin Polley argues that sport is not neutral, asocial or apolitical and so it needs to be assessed in its widest cultural context to be understood. Providing extensive coverage of the most popular sports such as football, rugby union, rugby league, cricket, tennis, and athletics, and including elite sports such as polo, the book offers a critical introduction to existing literature on the subject, and places contemporary sport in the context of recent history.
 

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Contents

Sport politics and the state
12
Sport the nation and the world
35
Sport commerce and sponsorship
63
Sport and gender
85
Sport social class and professional status
111
Sport and ethnicity
135
Conclusion
160
Bibliography
204
Index
223
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About the author (1998)

MARTIN POLLEY is Senior Lecturer in Sport at the University of Southampton.

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