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  • Published: 30 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9780670920594
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

The Game of Our Lives

The Meaning and Making of English Football




The story of our national obsession - from Maggie to Mourinho

In the last two decades football in Britain has made the transition from a peripheral dying sport to the very centre of our popular culture, from an economic basket-case to a booming entertainment industry. What does it mean when football becomes so central to our private and political lives? Has it enriched us or impoverished us?

In this sparkling book David Goldblatt argues that no social phenomenon tracks the momentous economic, social and political changes of the post-Thatcherite era in a more illuminating manner than football, and no cultural practice sheds more light on the aspirations and attitudes of our long boom and subsequent bust.

  • Published: 30 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9780670920594
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the author

David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt was born in London in 1965 and is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspurs and Bristol Rovers. He teaches sociology at Bristol University, reviews sports books for the TLS, and for some years wrote the Sporting Life column in Prospect magazine.

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