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Sport’s Relationship with Other Leisure Industries

Historical Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Dion Georgiou, Benjamin Litherland


346 pages

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This innovative and timely volume of essays critically interrogates the shared histories between sport and a variety of leisure, entertainment and cultural pursuits. Sport’s Relationship with Other Leisure Industries: Historical Perspectives spans the bowling greens of early modern England to the postmodern exhibition halls of contemporary Las Vegas, and considers examples from Europe, North America and India. Utilizing a range of historical methods and sources, they describe how sport has interacted with a broad range of leisure forms, including tourism, shopping, theatre, circus, carnival and film. The collection takes into account the economic, cultural, geographic and political interactions sport has forged and poses a series of questions: about how sport has been forged in contemporary consumer capitalism; about the manner in which it has been shaped by space and place; and the ways in which entrepreneurs, sportspeople and artists have represented sporting competition. The collection will help both students and scholars conceptualise sporting networks, and will be of interest to those working in multiple fields. This book was previously published as a special issue of Sport in History.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sport’s Relationship with other Leisure Industries: Historical Perspectives

Benjamin Litherland (University of Huddersfield) and Dion Georgiou (Queen Mary University of London)

1. ‘For the Recreation of Gentlemen and Other Fit Persons of the Better Sort’: Tennis Courts and Bowling Greens as Early Leisure Venues in Sixteenth- to Eighteenth-Century London and Bath

Angela Schattner (German Historical Institute London)

2. ‘That Little Sugarloaf Island’: Ailsa Craig, Romance, Reality and the Branding of Scottish Sport and Leisure, 1707–2013

Matthew L. McDowell (The University of Edinburgh)

3. Sport and Tourism - An Effective Cooperation: Canoeing and Mountaineering in France before the First World War

Eric Levet-Labry (Université Paris Est Marne La Vallée) & Pierre-Olaf Schut (Université Paris Est Marne La Vallée)

4. Cycling Nostalgia: Authenticity, Tourism and Social Critique in Tuscany

Brian Joseph Gilley (Indiana University)

5. Professional Bodybuilding and the Business of ‘Extreme’ Bodies: The Mr Olympia Competition in the Context of Las Vegas's Leisure Industries

Dimitris Liokaftos (Aarhus Universitet)

6. The Rise of ‘The World's Largest Sport and Athletic Outfitter’: A Study of Gamage's of Holborn, 1878–1913

Geraldine Biddle-Perry (Central Saint Martins)

7. ‘Tri-ang Strong Toys’: Lines Brothers and British Motor Sport in the Inter-War Period

Jean Williams (De Montfort)

8. Redefining the Carnivalesque: The Construction of Ritual, Revelry and Spectacle in British Leisure Practices through the Idea and Model of ‘Carnival’, 1870–1939

Dion Georgiou (Queen Mary University of London)

9. From Lambeth to Niagara: Imitation and Innovation among Female Natationists

Dave Day (Manchester Metropolitan University)

10. Running Pedestrianism in Victorian Manchester

Samantha-Jayne Oldfield (Manchester Metropolitan University)

11. Sporting Entertainments, Discarded Possibilities and the Case of Football as a Variety Sport, 1905–1906

Benjamin Litherland (University of Huddersfield)

12. Spectacular Bodies: The Swimsuit, Sexuality and Hollywood

Ellen Wright (De Montfort University)

13. Cricket, Entertainment, Glamour Industry and Promotional Culture in India, 1913–2013

Souvik Naha (ETH Zurich)

About the Editors

Benjamin Litherland is a lecturer in media and popular culture at the University of Huddersfield. He is interested in histories of popular culture, and how those histories are maintained and remembered.

Dion Georgiou recently completed a PhD at the School of History at Queen Mary University of London. He is interested in the history of cultural industries, cities and suburbs, and temporality.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports
SPORTS & RECREATION / Business Aspects