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

By Graham Curry, Eric Dunning

This e-book offers a synthesis of the paintings on early soccer undertaken by way of the authors over the last twenty years. It explores elements of a figurational method of sociology to check the early improvement of soccer ideas within the heart a part of the 19th century. The publication checks Dunning’s prestige competition speculation to contest Harvey’s view of football’s improvement which stresses an influential sub-culture outdoors the general public faculties. prestige competition re-states the primacy of those latter associations within the development of soccer and with no it the sport’s tale might stay skewed and unbalanced for destiny generations.

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However, it is arguably also the case that ‘hurling to goales’ could be described as a fairly advanced folk game. Dunning and Sheard expanded on this in 1979 by writing: Its rules, although oral, [and not written] were explicitly defined. It was also, relatively speaking, orderly and controlled. It involved the institutionalisation of a rudimentary sense of ‘fairness’, that is of a tendency to equalise chances between contending sides. Thus, although the size of teams was not fixed, custom decreed equality of numbers.

Morris Marples accepted the plausibility of the Jusserand hypothesis but speculated that the existence of football-like games such as ‘hurling’ and ‘knappan’ in Cornwall, Ireland and Wales is consistent with what he called the ‘Celtic Hypothesis’ – namely the idea that football-like games underwent an independent but parallel development among the Franks, the Anglo-Saxons and the Celts. Although it is impossible to support it by reference to direct evidence, this line of reasoning is convincing.

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