Gentlemen amateurs and amateur gentlemen: Class and (gender) discrimination in Victorian and Edwardian sport

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Newman Humanities Research Seminar Series

Dr Dilwyn Porter

Sport became embedded in popular culture in the 19th and early-20th centuries; it was an arena in which class and gender differences were played out. For the governing bodies of British sport, an athlete’s sporting status – whether they were an amateur or a professional – was as likely to be defined by their occupation and social status as to any rewards that they had or had not received. And how did this apply to women? Why were women hockey players so determined to ensure that their sport was untainted by professionalism?

Dilwyn Porter is currently Visiting Professor in Modern History at Newman University and also Emeritus Professor of Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University. He recently co-authored ‘English Gentlemen and World Soccer: Corinthians, Amateurism and the Global Game’ (Routledge, 2018).

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