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A term used by Pierre Bourdieu to contrast established, organized forms of sport with the more modern, individualistic and lifestyle-based sports that he sometimes called Californian sports. In such classical sports, ‘there is respect for forms and for forms of respect, manifested in concern for propriety and ritual and in unashamed flaunting of wealth and luxury’. Bourdieu was talking here of the established sports of the dominant classes, and the way in which they represented the values of the social order and acted as forms of conspicuous consumption.

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