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The game of our lives : the English Premier League and the making of modern Britain

Author: David Goldblatt
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The Game of Our Lives is a masterly portrait of contemporary Britain through the lens of soccer. In the last two decades soccer in the United Kingdom has made the transition from a peripheral dying sport to the very center of British popular culture, from an economic basket-case to a booming entertainment industry that has conquered the world. What does it mean when soccer becomes so central to the private and  Read more...
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Goldblatt, David.
Game of Our Lives : The English Premier League and the Making of Modern Britain.
New York : Nation Books, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Goldblatt
ISBN: 9781568585079 1568585071
OCLC Number: 894790094
Notes: "First published in 2014 in the UK by the Penguin Group"--Title page verso.
Description: 1 online resource (602 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Preface to the North American Edition; Introduction: England Is Paradise; 1. Aspiration and Illusion: The Economics of the New Football; 2. Keeping It Real?: Match Day in the Society of the Spectacle; 3. English Journey: Football and Urban England; 4. Playing the Race Game: Migration, Ethnicity, and Identity; 5. Football at Twilight: Britain's Endgame; 6. You Don't Know What You're Doing: The Misgovernance of English Football; 7. Last Man Standing?: English Football and the Politics of Gender; Conclusion: Opulence and Squalor in the Football Nation.
Responsibility: David Goldblatt.

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"The Game of Our Lives is a masterly portrait of contemporary Britain through the lens of soccer. In the last two decades soccer in the United Kingdom has made the transition from a peripheral dying sport to the very center of British popular culture, from an economic basket-case to a booming entertainment industry that has conquered the world. What does it mean when soccer becomes so central to the private and public lives of the British people? Has it enriched this island nation or impoverished it? From the goals, to the players, to the managers, to the money, David Goldblatt describes how the English Premier League was forged by Margaret Thatcher's Britain and an alliance of the big clubs - Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur - the Football Association and Rupert Murdoch's Sky TV. He identifies the real winners and losers in this extraordinary period, and explains how soccer has closely mirrored the wider political and social scene. Goldblatt argues that no social phenomenon tracks the momentous economic, social and political changes of post-Thatcherite Britain in a more illuminating manner than soccer, and The Game of Our Lives provides the definitive social history of the EPL - most popular soccer league in the world"--

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