Sport in the British colony of Singapore (1819–1900s): formation, diffusion and development

Lim, Lai Kuan, and Horton, Peter (2012) Sport in the British colony of Singapore (1819–1900s): formation, diffusion and development. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 29 (9). pp. 1325-1343.

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This article traces and examines the development of sport in Singapore through its initial incipient phase of development (1819-1860s) and on into its colonisation (1860s-1900). The discussion focuses on three main levels of diffusion: New Year's Day Sports, clubs and schools. It seeks to illuminate and discuss the immanent dynamics in the initial phases of sportisation during the colonial period and reflects upon their impact upon the development of sport in independent Singapore. The diffusion of sport in Singapore will be discussed in light of Elias's tenet that when the degree of state-centralisation and monopolisation is low, the interdependencies between different social groups are relatively lower but within each group are relatively higher. It will show the diffusion of sport on different class levels and how sport developed from a relatively unorganised and exclusive form to a relatively more organised institution and how this process was intertwined with the social development of Singapore as well as with the global development. This resulted in a process of sporting development that was uneven and riven with division.

Item ID: 22014
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1743-9035
Keywords: sport; Singapore; diffusion; development; Elias
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Special Issue: Regional Issue: Asia

Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2012 00:01
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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