Posts under ‘Sport’

New year sports resolutions

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman from Philosophy Football offers ten resolutions to spice up how we enjoy the sports we love in 2014 Too much Christmas pud, cake and ale over the seasonal break? Feet up in front of the TV for an indecent chunk of the duration? Sport defined as watching it rather than doing it? The […]

Books for a season of rain and grey skies

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football reviews an autumn of sports books. It was three decades ago, in 1983, that Garry Whannel wrote the pioneering book Blowing the Whistle: The Politics of Sport. The book was part of a series ‘Arguments for Socialism’, created by The Socialist Society, an alliance of Left-wing thinkers writers and campaigners, […]

Books for a second summer of sport

by Mark Perryman.

After Wiggo, London 2012, Murray in New York, The Ryder Cup and Chelsea winning the Champions League it looked like last summer could never be bettered. And then this summer began… Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football reviews a selection of books that explain sporting success, and failure. The Lions series victory in Australia, Murray’s triumph […]

Va-va Froome

by Mark Perryman.

A summer of sport is unfolding that reveals Britain as a nation of winners. Mark Perryman, editor of a new book on last year’s London 2012 asks what this means for our national identity ? A British encore in the Tour de France. Not even a sniff of winning the yellow jersey for 99 years, […]

All our sporting summers rolled into one

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman explores what Andy Murray and the Lions tell us about sport’s impact on national identity “ The imagined community of millions seems more real as a team of eleven named people” – Eric Hobsbawm Eric Hobsbawm’s acute observation concerning the impact of sport on national identity has been carted out so often that […]

One year on: why sport matters for the left

by Mark Perryman.

Of course how fast an individual can run, how far they can chuck an object, how high they can jump hardly matters at all in the greater scheme of global justice and human rights. But that isn’t what is being claimed on behalf of sport here. Rather it is the grand emotional narrative sport can […]

The democracy of cycling

by Mark Perryman.

”Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” HG Wells The most infamous quote on cycling from modern British politics remains hard right Thatcherite Norman Tebbit’s unhelpful advice to the 1980s unemployed to ‘Get on your bike’.’ So suggesting that two wheels are […]

State of Play: Euro 2013, Football and Palestine

by Mark Perryman.

In the autumn of 2011 Philosophy Football met Honey Thalijeh, then captain of the Palestine Women’s Football team. Inspired by what she told us about what football meant to her country we promised that when Euro 2013 opened in Israel we would be in Palestine. From 5-18 June Israel hosts the second biggest international team tournament […]

Kick, Run & Think books

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman from Philosophy Football offers a selection of the best football, running and sports politics books of the quarter In England there’s no sportswriter quite like Dave Zirin. He writes about sport from the Left with such passion and style that readers will never spot the join. An American, the bias is unsurprisingly towards […]

Di Canio in Swindon, the Dog that Didn’t Bark

by Andy Newman.

Mark Haddon’s book The Curious Incident Of the Dog In the Night-time was set in Swindon, referencing the famous dictum by Sherlock Holmes, in the story The Silver Blaze. Gregory (Scotland Yard detective): “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?” Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog […]

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