Covering the period since World War II, the author considers over 100 novels, treating them thematically, with separate chapters on the fictions of boxing, football, baseball, and basketball. His theme - the drive toward individual freedom through sport. Looking beyond the professional spectator sports, 11 essays examine popular sports, in which ordinary mortals team up with their mates to compete against other neighborhoods, factories, unions, etc.Social distinctions found in county and test match cricket reveal much about the complexities of class and gender divisions over the past century. Yet cricket played for recreation can make an equally strong claim to be a relevant area of enquiry for historians of sport and of ... can be divided into those for high-quality clubs playing virtually semi- professional cricket and those whose cricketers participatedanbsp;...
|Title||:||Sport and the Working Class in Modern Britain|
|Publisher||:||Manchester University Press - 1990-01-01|