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Author: Leslie Crang

I, Tonya, Cultural Capital and the American Dream [Spoiler Alert]

Symbolic violence is the coercion which is set up only through the consent that the dominated cannot fail to give the dominator (and therefore to the domination) when their understanding of the situation and relation can only use instruments of knowledge that they have in common with the dominator. (Bourdieu, 2000) In a country, like the USA that believes in equality for all, the depiction in ‘I, Tonya’ is one that smashes on the floor like a chandelier in ‘Only Fools and Horses’. Recriminations fly between the main protagonists, and the truth is argued over between Tonya Harding, her...

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Battles of The Sexes : The representation of gender and sexuality in cinema and Sport

  You do not win by struggling to the top of a caste system, you win by refusing to be trapped within one at all.  Naomi Wolf, Beauty Myth   To become a cliche, one needs to quote one. Therefore, Tennis movies are becoming like London buses this year in that we have had two come along at once. In August came Borg Vs McEnroe, a biopic of the 1980 Wimbledon Final (something I wrote about recently here), then on 24th November, 2017, comes the UK release of Battles of The Sexes, a Hollywood production The true story of...

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Is May 26th, 1989 still relevant? Sport, Media and Memory*

With the release of the film 89 a movie about Arsenal winning the league title with virtually the last kick of the game, is May 26th, 1989 still relevant? For some people, it’s a period in which they were not born, so, why worry about it? Within the sporting context, especially for English fans of Arsenal (I have been a fan since 1980 Cup final defeat to West Ham), this day is significant. It is the day, we won the league, in the last minute, of the last match against their nearest rivals, needing a 2-0 at Anfield (where...

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A wally with the brolly : 10 years on and the changing role of the England manager

Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son? Oh, where have you been, my darling young one? I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – Bob Dylan   As the rain...

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The Star of Bethlehem: Alex Jackson

Alec Jackson   The USA soccer league has garnered much intellectual discussion in recent years on the plethora of foreign players that have added to the game, from  Haitian born, Joe Gaetjens, the goalscorer against England in the 1950 World Cup, to the giant’s of the North American Soccer League (or NASL) in the 1970’s who attracted a plethora of world stars like Pele, Beckenbauer and England’s own, Steve Hunt (ask a Coventry City fan). More lately, with the growth of the Major League Soccer (the MLS), much (or much too much) was written of David Beckham’s impact on...

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