By Dilwyn Porter,Stephen Wagg
The excellent of the beginner competitor, enjoying the sport for romance and, in contrast to the pro, absolutely untainted by way of trade, has turn into embedded in lots of money owed of the improvement of contemporary recreation. It has proved influential no longer least since it has underpinned a pervasive impact of professionalism - and all that got here with it - as a betrayal of innocence, a fall from wearing grace. within the essays accrued right here, amateurism, either as ideology and perform, is topic to severe and unsentimental scrutiny, successfully tough the dominant narrative of extra traditional histories of British activity.
Most sleek activities, even these the place professionalism constructed swiftly, originated in an period while the gentlemanly novice predominated, either in politics and society, in addition to within the realm of activity. Enforcement of principles and conventions that embodied the amateur-elite ethos successfully restricted possibilities for working-class rivals to ‘turn the area upside down’.
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Amateurism in British Sport: It Matters Not Who Won or Lost? (Sport in the Global Society) by Dilwyn Porter,Stephen Wagg