The Janus face of diversity in Australian sport

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Show simple item record Taylor, TL Lock, DJ Darcy, SA 2010-05-28T09:54:27Z 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Sport in Society, 2009, 12 (7), pp. 850 - 864
dc.identifier.issn 1743-0437
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract In this paper, Janus is used as a metaphor for examining the nature of cultural diversity in Australian sport. It does so by firstly presenting a historical context for sport in Australia and the relative lack of cultural diversity found in sport. Within a country dominated by the running codes of football and cricket, the position of soccer in Australia was somewhat unique as it became a bastion for many non-Anglo migrant groups. However, in the 1980s and 1990s soccer's lack of organizational success at the state and national level was negatively ascribed to the tensions between the ethnically affiliated clubs, the same clubs that were ironically the stalwarts driving the growing popularity of the sport. We examine the initiatives used to restructure the game in Australia to make football more appealing to mainstream (i.e. non-ethnically aligned) spectators. The contemporary situation is explored through secondary documentation and the results of a survey of 3,056 spectators undertaken during the first season of the new A-League are presented. The paper concludes with a discussion about the relative success of the restructure in terms of changing the face of Australian soccer.
dc.publisher Routledge
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1080/17430430903053083
dc.rights This is an electronic version of an article published in Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics Volume 12, Issue 7, 2009. Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics is available online at: with the open URL of your article]
dc.title The Janus face of diversity in Australian sport
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Sport in Society
dc.journal.volume 7
dc.journal.volume 12
dc.journal.number 7 en_US
dc.publocation London, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 850 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 864 en_US BUS.School of Leisure, Sport and Tourism en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1608 Sociology
dc.personcode 910031
dc.personcode 849054
dc.personcode 044786
dc.percentage 100 en_US Human Movement and Sports Science en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords football; soccer; diversity; ethnicity; A-league; management; restructure; Australia en_US
dc.description.keywords football
dc.description.keywords soccer
dc.description.keywords diversity
dc.description.keywords ethnicity
dc.description.keywords A-league
dc.description.keywords management
dc.description.keywords restructure
dc.description.keywords Australia
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business/School of Management
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Cosmopolitan Civil Societies
utslib.copyright.status Open Access 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
utslib.collection.history General (ID: 2)

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