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About this book

0754672743 [ISBN]

Sport, Leisure and Culture in the Postmodern City

Illustrated by an interdisciplinary study of a typical 'postmodern city' in the north of England - Leeds - this volume examines how such post-industrial cities have reinvented themselves, commercially, politically and spatially over the past two decades, with a particular focus on sport and leisure. Addressing issues such as cultural policy, leisure patterns, sports tourism and heritage, sex and sexuality, music and popular culture, it explores the different dimensions of this process in relation to the changing configurations of class, gender and ethnicity in the postmodern, postindustrial city.

230 pages. Table of contents:
Introduction, Peter Bramham and Stephen Wagg; Leeds - becoming the postmodern city, Peter Bramham and John Spink; Cranes over Leeds: the centre of Leeds 1980-2008, Janet Douglas; Mission or pragmatism: cultural policy in Leeds since 2000, Jonathan Long and Ian Strange; The history boy: made in Leeds, Peter Bramham; Leeds and topographies of race: in 6 scenes, Ben Carrington; Nowt for being second: Leeds, Leeds United and the ghost of Don Revie, Stephen Wagg; Dreams of Parkside and Barley Mow, Karl Spracklen; 'Off with their headscarves, on with their football kits'? Unveiling myths and exploring identities of British-Muslim female footballers, Aarti Ratna; Barcelona of the North? Reflections on postmodern Leeds, Stephen Wagg and Peter Bramham; Index.

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