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Global Sport
Global sport
Introduction

In the previous chapter we looked at how the field of sport developed in Britain in the nineteenth century: certain games were taken over, transformed and modernized by English public schools, and the incipient field and its activities – as well as its imperatives, discourses, logics and ethos – were exported to or taken up by the wider social field. By the late nineteenth century sport was clearly established in Britain as a separate and relatively autonomous entity. It had the necessary bureaucratic apparatuses, discourses and self-narratives to articulate itself (what it was and meant, what its values and social functions were, what was inside and outside the field) both to its various constituencies and institutions, and to the field of power ...

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