Sports clubs in colonial Singapore: insiders, outsiders, aspirants

Horton, Peter (2013) Sports clubs in colonial Singapore: insiders, outsiders, aspirants. International Sports Studies, 35 (1). pp. 35-48.

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It has oft been claimed that the British taught the world to play. (Tennyson, 1959) Not only did the British teach the world to 'play', their games at least, to add to this scion of British culture they simultaneously and- knowingly introduced racialised practices into sport and leisure activities and this was manifest in the sports clubs they established throughout their Empire. Segregation on the basis of a constructed notion of 'face', based largely on colour was the norm in all cultural practices including sport. Initially imposed by subjugation via military force and later with administrative, political and economic power, this placed the British in what they believed was their God-given, 'rightful' position as the dominant 'Others'. However, as shown in this papers, which describes the process of the development of sports clubs in colonial Singapore using three descriptors, 'Insiders', 'outsiders' and 'Aspirants', it will be demonstrated that this Process was neither orderly nor stereotypical in this idiosyncratic imperial territory as the characteristics of the locale and the protagonists, including the Japanese during their war-time occupation, effected a unique expression of this form of cultural imperialism.

Item ID: 28071
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1443-0770
Keywords: Singapore, colonialism, cultural imperialism, sport clubs
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