The Emergence and Development of Association Football: Influential Sociocultural Factors in Victorian Birmingham

Benkwitz, A. and Molnar, Gyozo (2016) The Emergence and Development of Association Football: Influential Sociocultural Factors in Victorian Birmingham.

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Official URL: 10.1080/14660970.2015.1133409

Abstract

This article explores the interdependent, complex sociocultural factors that facilitated the emergence and diffusion of football in Birmingham. The focus is the development of football in the city, against the backdrop of the numerous social changes in Victorian Birmingham. The aim is to fill a gap in the existing literature which seemingly overlooked Birmingham as a significant footballing centre, and the ‘ordinary and everyday’ aspects of the game’s early progression. Among other aspects, particular heed is paid to the working classes’ involvement in football, as previous literature has often focused on the middle classes and their influence on and participation in organized sport. As the agency of the working classes along with their mass participation and central role in the game’s development is unfolded, it is argued that far from being passive cultural beings, the working classes, from the beginnings, actively negotiated the development of their own emergent football culture.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: HM Sociology
Members: University of Worcester
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 13:16
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 13:16
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/13727

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