Association Football: A Study in Figurational Sociology by Graham Curry, Eric Dunning

By Graham Curry, Eric Dunning

This e-book provides a synthesis of the paintings on early soccer undertaken through the authors during the last twenty years. It explores elements of a figurational method of sociology to envision the early improvement of soccer principles within the center a part of the 19th century. The publication exams Dunning’s prestige contention speculation to contest Harvey’s view of football’s improvement which stresses an influential sub-culture outdoor the general public colleges. prestige contention re-states the primacy of those latter associations within the development of soccer and with out it the sport’s tale might stay skewed and unbalanced for destiny generations.

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Calcio als Fest der Medici. Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 1993. Carew, R. The Survey of Cornwall. London: John Jaggard, 1602. [Reprinted in 1811 by C. Bensley, London]. Dunning, E. ‘Early Stages in the Development of Football as an Organised Game: An Account of Some of the Sociological Problems in the Development of the Game’, MA thesis, University of Leicester, 1961. Dunning, E. and K. Sheard. Barbarians, Gentlemen and Players: A Sociological Study of the Development of Rugby Football. Oxford: Martin Robertson, 1979.

The cultural marginalisation of folk football Before we move our narrative and explanation on to the crucial part played in the development of football in the public schools, it is, we think, a matter of importance to consider the contention that these folk games died out, or were at least culturally marginalised, during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Joseph Strutt, for example, wrote in 1801 that ‘Football is so called because the ball is driven about with the feet instead of the hand.

But, again, there is simply no hard evidence to confirm or to refute any hypothesis of this kind. Origin myths of an anthropologically more plausible kind trace the origins of football to a pagan fertility rite. Writing in 1929, for example, W. B. Johnson noted that it is common in rituals of primitive peoples for a globular object 28 Public school status rivalry to symbolise the sun. In other words the football is said to have been seen as a symbolic representation of the bringer and supporter of life, a hypothesis which receives indirect support from the fact that la soule, the French name for a form of football which traditionally flourished in Normandy and Brittany, appears to be cognate with, and possibly derivative of, sol, the Latin word for ‘sun’ (Johnson, 1929: 225–31.

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