Workplace football, working-class culture and the labour movement in Victoria, 1910-1920

Burke, P 2005, 'Workplace football, working-class culture and the labour movement in Victoria, 1910-1920', Labour History, vol. 89, pp. 179-196.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Workplace football, working-class culture and the labour movement in Victoria, 1910-1920
Author(s) Burke, P
Year 2005
Journal name Labour History
Volume number 89
Start page 179
End page 196
Total pages 17
Publisher Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
Abstract In exploring the role of workplace football in Victoria in the decade beginning 1910, this article focuses upon two, the Railways and Tramways. Examination of football in these workplaces reveals that the respective unions took what was originally an employer initiative and used it to support their industrial goals and to develop an identity of interests between workers and union. Workplace football became a vital part of working-class culture in the period before World War I. Despite being under effective union and worker control in these workplaces detractors in the labour movement remained suspicious of the role of workplace football. This stance reflected middle-class attitudes towards working-class sport as much as fears of the de-unionising effect of workplace sport.
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