The female football spectator in England, 1870–1914: a Flaneuse made visible?

Lewis, Robert William (2018) The female football spectator in England, 1870–1914: a Flaneuse made visible? Soccer & Society, 21 (2). pp. 121-136. ISSN 1743-9590

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Flanerie has recently undergone a conceptual expansion to include other observations of modernity, incorporating the flaneuse, a female equivalent in late nineteenth/early twentieth century cities. This scholarship makes a convincing case that public (masculine) spaces and domestic (feminine) spaces were not so mutually exclusive as to preclude a female presence within cities. A flaneuse could (within certain limitations) experience the city, producing observations based on this. Previous work related to flanerie has mainly concentrated on ‘high’ culture, including art criticism and literary production. This paper links the flaneuse to female football spectators at male professional football matches in England from c1800–1914, an expansion of the concept into popular culture, connected to other instances manifested in music halls and department store shopping. It also relates the journalistic observations of female football spectators and reporters as flaneuses, a form of literary production, which contrasts with the literature of ‘high’ culture previously analysed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper published in Soccer & Society Copyright © 2018 Informa UK Limited
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cultural Studies, Sociology and Political Science, Social Psychology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: School of Sport and Biological Sciences > Sports and Sport Rehabilitation
University of Bolton Research Centres > Centre for Worktown Studies
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Depositing User: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2018 08:39
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2020 16:07
Identification Number: 10.1080/14660970.2018.1521334

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