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Ethnicity, structure and globalization : an argument about Association football in Australia, 1958–2010

journal contribution
posted on 2011-08-01, 00:00 authored by Roy HayRoy Hay
The overwhelming weight of academic historical writing on Association football in Australia since the 1970s has focused on the game through the prism of ethnicity. The ills of the game and its failure to become the dominant code of football, as it is in many countries, are regularly attributed to the many ways in which the game was or could be portrayed as a foreign import that brought non-Australian concerns onto the sporting field where they had no place. Here it is argued that structural issues have a much greater role to play in understanding the evolution of the game since the 1950s. Global changes in sport and Association football in particular have also impinged significantly on the game in Australia. Now football is a major part of the Australian sporting landscape, though its position vis-a`-vis rival codes remains contested.

History

Journal

Sport in society

Volume

14

Pagination

833-850

Location

Abingdon, England

ISSN

1743-0437

eISSN

1743-0445

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Taylor & Francis

Issue

6

Publisher

Routledge