Living in the City: Working-class Communities

Richard Holt

in Sport and the British

Published in print August 1990 | ISBN: 9780192852298
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670541 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Social History

Living in the City: Working-class Communities

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This chapter examines the role of sport in creating and sustaining a new popular culture and new kinds of urban identity in the working-class communities in British cities. It discusses the intention of moral reformers to divert popular recreation into approved channels and the relative failure of their efforts to promote a truly rational recreation. It examines the culture of working-class sport and the kinds of identity and sociability that working men have created through playing and watching sports.

Keywords: sports; popular culture; urban identity; working class; Britain; popular recreation

Chapter.  27926 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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