The Janus face of diversity in Australian sport

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dc.contributor.author Taylor, Tracy en_US
dc.contributor.author Lock, Daniel en_US
dc.contributor.author Darcy, Simon en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:54:27Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-28T09:54:27Z
dc.date.issued 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.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/10159
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: www.tandfonline.com with the open URL of your article http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430430903053083icle]
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
dc.cauo.name BUS.School of Leisure, Sport and Tourism en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
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
dc.classification.name Human Movement and Sports Science en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords football; soccer; diversity; ethnicity; A-league; management; restructure; Australia en_US
dc.staffid en_US
dc.staffid 910031 en_US


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