Visiting Researcher, University of Huddersfield
My PhD examined the historical, sociological and cultural machinations of cricket in southern England, with a particular emphasis upon the philosophical origins of amateurism, how amateurism was used as a means of class distinction and the influence this had upon the development of regional identities.
My post-doctoral work aims to investigate (amongst other things) the links between social class, the suburbanisation process and cultural change. I am also writing a social history of English cricket, with a particular emphasis upon amateur cricket – the game as played and watched by the vast majority of the sport's followers – and the relationship this level of cricket had with the so-called 'first class' game.
Trying to gain an advantage over your opponent is as old as sport itself. But whats considered fair and unfair is often up for debate. In cricket, theres sledging, which is when fielders verbally abuse batsmen in order...