Amateurism is an important theme in the history of modern British sport. That it is so often preceded by the word ‘gentlemanly’ is indicative of the way in which most historians have studied it to date: (1) as an ideology associated primarily with aristocratic and/or middle-class sport; (2) as a set of principles which, when embodied in the form of regulations, were designed to underpin the separation of the classes in sport. As a result, our knowledge of amateurism and the ways in which it impinged upon the sporting lives of working-class men and women over time is limited.
This symposium seeks to address this imbalance within existing research. Abstracts of c.250 words are therefore invited, but not limited to, the following areas of interest:
Exclusionist practices and their impact on working-class athletes
‘Shamateurism’ and other subversive strategies
Working-class amateur idealism
Amateurism in women’s sport
Amateurism and recreational sport
Amateurism and voluntarism in sport – the legion of unpaid officials
The working-class and the Olympic movement
Please submit abstracts / enquiries to Dr Carol Osborne at C.Osborne@leedsmet.ac.uk OR Professor Stephen Wagg (Leeds Metropolitan University) at S.Wagg@leedsmet.ac.uk by Friday 31 January 2014.
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