Watching football in marvellous Melbourne : spectators, barrackers and working class rituals

Pennings, Mark W. & Pascoe, Robert (2011) Watching football in marvellous Melbourne : spectators, barrackers and working class rituals. Sporting Traditions. Journal of the Australian Society for Sports History, 28(1), pp. 1-20.

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A study of crowds drawn to Australian football matches in colonial Victoria illuminates key aspects of the code's genesis, development and popularity. Australian football was codified by a middle-class elite that, as in Britain, created forms of mass entertainment that were consistent with the kind of industrial capitalist society they were attempting to organise. But the 'lower orders' were inculcated with traditional British folkways in matters of popular amusement, and introduced a style of 'barracking' for this new code that resisted the hegemony of the elite football administrators. By the end of the colonial period Australian football was firmly entrenched as a site of contestation between plebeian and bourgeois codes of spectating that reflected the social and ethnic diversity of the clubs making up the Victorian competition. Australian football thereby offers a classic vignette in the larger history of 'resistance through ritual'.

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ID Code: 46878
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: File restricted pending publisher permission
Keywords: Australian football, sport spectators, Colonial Victoria
ISSN: 0813-2577
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 please consult authors
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2011 03:33
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:45

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