This collection examines the role of sport in the lives of key revolutionary thinkers and leftist activists. In contrast to those who take a more romantic view of sport and believe in its apolitical nature, the chapters in this book help make clear how sport has served as a site for political activism and the revolutionary thought and practices of such individuals as Henry Mayers Hyndman, Vladimir Lenin, Fidel Castro, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Harry Edwards, Charles Perkins, and Darius Dhlomo. Written by noted scholars, each chapter in turn provides insights into the close connection between sport, politics, and revolutionary movements in countries varying widely in their history, governmental policies, and treatment of individuals and groups. This book, which adopts a very broad definition of revolutions, is written with the hope of encouraging more serious thought regarding the transformative potential of sports, which can be individually liberating, as well as responsible for co-opting the lower classes and helping maintain power among the political and economic elite in capitalist as well as socialist societies.
This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.
Table of Contents
1. Sport and Revolutionaries: Reclaiming the Historical Role of Sport in Social and Political Activism
John Nauright and David K. Wiggins
2. Cricket and the Radical
3. The Radicalisation of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Ulster, 1912 – 1923: The Role of Owen O’Duffy
4. Bolsheviks, Revolution and Physical Culture
5. Game Changer: The Role of Sport in Revolution
Thomas F. Carter
6. Building Character and Socialising a Revolutionary: Sport and Leisure in the Life of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
7. ‘The Struggle That Must Be’: Harry Edwards, Sport and the Fight for Racial Equality
David K. Wiggins
8. Kwementyaye (Charles) Perkins: Indigenous Soccer Player and Australian Political Activist
Daryl Adair and Megan Stronach
9. The Universe is Shaped like a Football: Football and Revolution
Alon K. Raab
John Nauright is Professor of Sport and Leisure Cultures, Director of the Centre for Sport, Tourism and Leisure Studies, and Head of Research in the School of Sport and Leisure Management at the University of Brighton, UK. He is the author and editor of sixteen books and numerous refereed articles in Sports Studies.
David K. Wiggins is Professor and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Sport and Leisure at George Mason University, Washington DC, USA. He is also a former Editor of Quest and the Journal of Sport History, and Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology. He is the author and editor of numerous books and essays on the history of sport.