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EnglishnessTwentieth-Century Popular Culture and the Forming of English Identity$
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Simon Featherstone

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623655

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623655.001.0001

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(p.121) Chapter 7 Sport

Simon Featherstone

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter centres on international football and cricket, as well as their limited yet powerful performances of English nationhood during direct competitions with the sporting styles of other cultures. It first studies the cultural meanings of three well-known sporting events: the Adelaide Test Match against Australia, the English football team's defeats by Hungary, and Paul Gascoigne's tears in the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup. It then addresses the questions of masculinity, style and modernity that arose from these contests. The chapter also incorporates wider cultural conflicts about colonial politics and English self-perceptions in domestic games that are structured through social and economic difference.

Keywords:   English nationhood, performances, cultural meanings, sporting events, cultural conflicts, domestic games, colonial politics, English self-perceptions

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