Football, identity, place: the emergence of Rugby football in Brisbane

Horton, Peter (2006) Football, identity, place: the emergence of Rugby football in Brisbane. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 23 (8). pp. 1341-1368.

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Today we accept that football in its various forms is the predominant winter sport in Brisbane; in fact, it is reasonable to state that this is true globally. This paper examines the construction of identity of Brisbane and its people through football in the colony of Queensland during the 1880s. It demonstrates the centrality of sport in this process. The struggle over the choice of football code illustrates how sport was a feature of contested social and cultural terrains and how support for a game was a source of the construction of the identity of initially Brisbane and later Queensland. The paper further illustrates the centrality of the role of sport in the cultural hegemony of British imperialism and of the predominance of the ideology of athleticism in the public schools of colonial Australia.

Item ID: 4653
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1743-9035
Keywords: football; place; Brisbane; identity; rugby football
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2009 02:24
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 70%
13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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