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Social Class
Social class

‘The history of all hitherto existing society’, as Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote in their Manifesto of the Communist Party of 1848, ‘is the history of class struggles’ (1965: 39). This is a useful starting point for discussing the concept of social class, for three reasons. First, for many of the sociologists and historians who have analysed sport, class is a given – a central and crucial fact of life in all but the earliest human societies. Class, that's to say, could not be escaped or dismissed as a matter of, say, snobbery or the ‘politics of envy’; it was there, as a decisive factor – for Marx, the decisive factor – in history and in the lives of individuals. Second, ...

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