Social history of Australian workplace football, 1860-1939

Burke, P 2009, Social history of Australian workplace football, 1860-1939, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, RMIT University.


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Title Social history of Australian workplace football, 1860-1939
Author(s) Burke, P
Year 2009
Abstract This thesis is a social history of workplace Australian football between the years 1860 and 1939, charting in detail the evolution of this form of the game as a popular phenomenon, as well as the beginning of its eventual demise with changes in the nature and composition of the workforce. Though it is presented in a largely chronological format, the thesis utilises an approach to history best epitomised in the work of the progenitors of social history, E.P. Thompson and Eric Hobsbawm, and their successors. It embraces and contributes to both labour and sport history-two sub-groups of social history that are not often considered together. A number of themes, such as social control and the links between class and culture, are employed to throw light on this form of football; in turn, the analysis of the game presented here illuminates patterns of development in the culture of work ing people in Victoria and beyond. The thesis also provides new insights into under-researched fields such as industrial recreation and the role of sport in shaping employer-employee relations. In enhancing knowledge of the history of grass roots Australian football and demonstrating the workplace game's links with the growth of unionism and expansion of industry, the thesis therefore highlights the complexity and interconnectedness of economic development, class relations and popular culture in constructing social history.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Global Studies, Social Science and Planning
Keyword(s) Australian football
working class culture
industrial relations
Australian social history
Social control
industrial recreation
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