A Sport Loving Society: Victorian and Edwardian Middle-Class by J. A. Mangan

By J. A. Mangan

In a time of unheard of political and fiscal transformation, the center periods of Victorian and Edwardian England grew to become central gamers in a brand new social order. Nowhere did their tradition, values and identification achieve clearer expression than of their activities, and their impact remains to be felt within the approach we organise, play and consider activity this present day. A Sport-Loving Society provides a range of groundbreaking essays from the journals that have outlined activity heritage over the last 3 many years. those essays discover the position of the social associations and problems with the Victorian and Edwardian classes in shaping the activities of the English heart sessions, together with: schooling the emancipation of ladies faith tradition and sophistication international relations and struggle. Showcasing the paintings of renowned recreation historians, this booklet demonstrates the worth of activity as a motor vehicle for the research of wider social swap.

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We now need English research on a regional basis on similar lines. Prologue: Setting the scene 29 Where the number of potential middle-class members was low, it must have been very difficult to form exclusive yet effective teams. 102 Most football, rugby, athletic, and bowls clubs in the north-east of England contained a mixture of working and middle-class players from the 1870s to the 1890s, although it was more usually the middle-class players who went on to hold office. 106 Evidence for exclusivity in terms of sporting spectatorship is even less strong.

Some only learned about exclusion, others may have reacted against it. At Eton, for example, the cult of athleticism was not wholly dominant. 42 Such anti-sports subcultures, resistant to the internal adjustments most schoolboys made, were to play their own role in elite society in the twentieth century. The marginal nature of such protests, however, suggests that the cultural cloning process was powerful, although much more work is needed to see if protests against athleticism were part of a wider pattern at this time.

96 The notion that most sports club membership was exclusively middle class is also problematical. Middle-class sporting characteristics and activity did not always equate with this model. This can be seen in the tension between attempts at period exclusivity and the competing period ideology of social inclusivity; in the realities of the necessity to make up effective teams in team sports where numbers of potential participants were low; in the socially mixed nature of many crowds; and in the significant middle-class investment in the professional forms of more proletarian sports such as football or horse racing.

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