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Football culture in two Dutch cities: Amsterdam and Rotterdam between 1910 and 1920

Piercey, N.; (2011) Football culture in two Dutch cities: Amsterdam and Rotterdam between 1910 and 1920. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London).

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This work provides a new representation of the culture surrounding the practice of the football match, the ‘Football Field’, in Amsterdam and Rotterdam between 1910 and 1920. In particular the work represents the interaction of the individuals of the Football Field with spatial issues, the media and wider Dutch society; also adding to the knowledge of a period of Dutch history which is often overlooked. The work challenges some existing concepts regarding Dutch culture at this time and demonstrates inconsistencies between language and meaning, conflicts within values, the contested use of sport as a source of civic pride and challenges some existing ideas concerning Dutch culture and society in this period. Using a Postmodern historical approach emphasising the subjectivity of the author and a desire to represent the forgotten individuals in everyday life, synthesised with a Field framework, the work provides a nuanced representation of the Football Field and its interaction with other facets of culture. The work provides a representation of a varied and contested Field which was often the site for wider ideological or moral conflicts and indicates the inconsistencies in how these were displayed. Further to this, the work represents the many different practices concerned with football in the two cities at the time and attempts to highlight the interaction of individuals within it. I also demonstrate that by taking different individuals in the Football Field as the starting point for historic production it is possible to provide a wider cultural representation of everyday life which rather than obscuring people, brings them to the surface and permits a representation of their relationships and connections. Th is provides the possibility of more nuanced historiographic works which can include voices, lives or practices which are too often forgotten.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Football culture in two Dutch cities: Amsterdam and Rotterdam between 1910 and 1920
Language: English
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1336067
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