Amateurism in British Sport: It Matters Not Who Won or Lost?

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-01-29
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The ideal of the amateur competitor, playing the game for love and, unlike the professional, totally untainted by commerce, has become embedded in many accounts of the development of modern sport. It has proved influential not least because it has underpinned a pervasive impression of professionalism - and all that came with it - as a betrayal of innocence, a fall from sporting grace. In the essays collected here, amateurism, both as ideology and practice, is subject to critical and unsentimental scrutiny, effectively challenging the dominant narrative of more conventional histories of British sport. Most modern sports, even those where professionalism developed rapidly, originated in an era when the gentlemanly amateur predominated, both in politics and society, as well as in the realm of sport. Enforcement of rules and conventions that embodied the amateur-elite ethos effectively limited opportunities for working-class competitors to ?turn the world upside down?. This book was previouslypublished as a special issue of Sport in History.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Amateur Body and the Middle-class Man: Work, Health and Style in Victorian Britainp. 8
Captains Courageous: Gentlemen Riders in British Horse Racing, 1866-1914p. 26
The Ambiguities of Amateurism: English Rugby Union in the Edwardian Erap. 42
Revenge of the Crouch End Vampires: The AFA, the FA and English Football's 'Great Split', 1907-14p. 62
'The Really Good Professional Captain Has Never Been Seen!': Perceptions of the Amateur/Professional Divide in County Cricket, 1900-39p. 85
The Amateur Ideal and British Sports Diplomacy, 1900-1945p. 106
Amateurism, Sport and the Left: Amateurism for All Versus Amateur Elitismp. 124
Amateurism, Capital and Roger Bannisterp. 140
'I'll Run Him': Alf Tupper, Social Class and British Amateurismp. 158
'Base Mechanic Arms'? British Rowing, Some Ducks and the Shifting Politics of Amateurismp. 176
Indexp. 197
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