Sport and revolutionaries: reclaiming the historical role of sport in social and political activism

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Nauright, John and Wiggins, David K. (2015) Sport and revolutionaries: reclaiming the historical role of sport in social and political activism Sport in the Global Society - Historical Perspectives . Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9781138854932

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Abstract

This collection examines the role of sport in the lives of key revolutionary thinkers and leftist activists. In contrast to those who take a more romantic view of sport and believe in its apolitical nature, the chapters in this book help make clear how sport has served as a site for political activism and the revolutionary thought and practices of such individuals as Henry Mayers Hyndman, Vladimir Lenin, Fidel Castro, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Harry Edwards, Charles Perkins, and Darius Dhlomo. Written by noted scholars, each chapter in turn provides insights into the close connection between sport, politics, and revolutionary movements in countries varying widely in their history, governmental policies, and treatment of individuals and groups. This book, which adopts a very broad definition of revolutions, is written with the hope of encouraging more serious thought regarding the transformative potential of sports, which can be individually liberating, as well as responsible for co-opting the lower classes and helping maintain power among the political and economic elite in capitalist as well as socialist societies.

Item Type: Authored book
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
V000 Historical and Philosophical studies > V100 History by period > V140 Modern History
V000 Historical and Philosophical studies > V200 History by area > V271 International history
L000 Social Sciences > L200 Politics
L000 Social Sciences > L200 Politics > L240 International Politics
L000 Social Sciences > L200 Politics > L220 Political Systems > L243 Politics of a specific country/region
L000 Social Sciences > L200 Politics > L290 Politics not elsewhere classified
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 02 May 2015 03:00
Last Modified: 02 May 2015 03:00
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/13533

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