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The Emergence and Development of Association Football: Influential Sociocultural Factors in Victorian Birmingham

Benkwitz, A. and Molnar, Gyozo ORCID: (2017) The Emergence and Development of Association Football: Influential Sociocultural Factors in Victorian Birmingham. Soccer and Society, 18 (7). pp. 1027-1044. ISSN Print 1466-0970 Online 1743-9590

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This article explores the interdependent, complex sociocultural factors that facilitated the emergence and diffusion of football in Birmingham. The focus is the development of football in the city, against the backdrop of the numerous social changes in Victorian Birmingham. The aim is to fill a gap in the existing literature which seemingly overlooked Birmingham as a significant footballing centre, and the ‘ordinary and everyday’ aspects of the game’s early progression. Among other aspects, particular heed is paid to the working classes’ involvement in football, as previous literature has often focused on the middle classes and their influence on and participation in organized sport. As the agency of the working classes along with their mass participation and central role in the game’s development is unfolded, it is argued that far from being passive cultural beings, the working classes, from the beginnings, actively negotiated the development of their own emergent football culture.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Soccer and Society on 10th January 2016], available online:
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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: sociocultural factors, association football, Victorian Birmingham
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Győző Molnár
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2016 12:57
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:10

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