Football as Social Critique: Protest Movements, Rugby and History in Aotearoa/New Zealand

MacLean, Malcolm (1999) Football as Social Critique: Protest Movements, Rugby and History in Aotearoa/New Zealand. International Journal for the History of Sport, 17 (2/3). pp. 255-277.

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Abstract

During the 1970s and 1980s New Zealand was the site of an array of social and political struggles over issues centred on colonisation, gender politics, economic and social policies, international relations and state power. The single biggest protest movement centred on the question of sporting contact with South Africa and found full force during the 1981 Springbok rugby tour. This paper considers the range of protest movements and campaigns during this period and examines the reasons behind the priority given to the campaign against apartheid sport. In doing so it will examine the significance of rugby in New Zealand and its relations with South Africa, and show how 1981 provided a focal point for a wider set of social frustrations associated with broader social and political change.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DU Oceania (South Seas)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise > Sport and Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Malcolm Maclean
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 09:39
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2016 19:13
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2894

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