Sport, class, gender and nation in the studies of Eric J. Hobsbawm

Journal title ITALIA CONTEMPORANEA
Author/s Alessandro D'Ascanio
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2010/261 Language Italian
Pages 7 P. 721-727 File size 97 KB
DOI 10.3280/IC2010-261008
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The reference to the domain of sport, in the works of Eric J. Hobsbawm, is frequent and meaningful. This paper affords a reading approach tending to point out the connections enlightened by the British historian between sport and such historical processes as the ascent of the bourgeoisie, women emancipation, the development of a working-class culture, the formation of national identities. Hobsbawm’s effort to focus the symbolic components, both cultural and social, of the attitudes of class, gender and national groups toward sport, fits in perfectly with his studies of the culture, mentality and life experience of men and workers in contemporary society.

Keywords: Hobsbawm, sport, bourgeoisie, women emancipation, working class, nation

Alessandro D'Ascanio, Sport, classe, genere e nazione negli studi di Eric J. Hobsbawm in "ITALIA CONTEMPORANEA" 261/2010, pp 721-727, DOI: 10.3280/IC2010-261008