The Emergence of Football: Sport, Culture and Society in the Nineteenth Century, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Emergence of Football

Sport, Culture and Society in the Nineteenth Century, 1st Edition

By Peter Swain


280 pages

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Hardback: 9781138571600
pub: 2020-07-22
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The Emergence of Football fuses sports history into mainstream economic, social and cultural history, setting the development of the people’s game against the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution.

The book challenges conventional histories of nineteenth century football that surrounded mass games and the public schools and extends the revisionist critique of those histories by the imaginative use of new and original empirical evidence. It outlines the continuing presence of a working-class footballing culture across the century, arguing that the structure of football was a product of industrialisation, urbanisation and population growth that had resulted in a far-reaching restructuring of the class system and urban hierarchies. It was these new hierarchies and class system that gave birth to professional football by the late 1870s.

It is essential reading for students of sports studies, economic, social and cultural history, urban and local history, and sociology, as well as a valuable resource for scholars and academics involved in the study of football across the world. This is an absorbing and fascinating read for any of the millions of fans of the game who are interested in the early history of football.

Table of Contents

1. A Short History of Early Football 2. A Brief Historiography of the Industrial Revolution 3. Cultural Change: Football’s Demise in the Eastern Counties Before 1830 4. Folk Mass and Festival Football: The Arguments 5. Folk, Mass and Festival Football: The Evidence 6. Cultural Continuity: Football Outside the Public Schools, 1800-1830 7. The Missing Years, 1831- 1840 8. Football in the Forties and Fifties 9. The Football Association, Sheffield and Lancashire in the Sixties 10. Class, Clubs and Football: The Unfolding Century

About the Author

Peter Swain is Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Worktown Studies at the University of Bolton, UK, and is a leading contributor to the so-called ‘Origins of Football’ debate.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Sports History

The Routledge Research in Sports History series presents leading research in the development and historical significance of modern sport through a collection of historiographical, regional and thematic studies which span a variety of periods, sports and geographical areas. Showcasing ground-breaking, cross-disciplinary work from established and emerging sport historians, the series provides a crucial contribution to the wider study of sport and society. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports