The Janus face of diversity in Australian sport

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Show simple item record Taylor, Tracy en_US Lock, Daniel en_US Darcy, Simon en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US 2010-05-28T09:54:27Z 2010-05-28T09:54:27Z 2009 en_US
dc.identifier 2007004437 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Taylor, Tracy, Lock, Daniel, and Darcy, Simon 2009, 'The Janus face of diversity in Australian sport', Sport in Society, vol. 12, no. 7, pp. 850-864. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1743-0437 en_US
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. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version
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 en_US
dc.parent Sport in Society en_US
dc.journal.volume 12 en_US
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
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dc.for 160800 en_US
dc.personcode 849054 en_US
dc.personcode 044786 en_US
dc.personcode 910031 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US Human Movement and Sports Science en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
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dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords football; soccer; diversity; ethnicity; A-league; management; restructure; Australia en_US
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