Swimming Communities in Victorian England

Authors: Day, Dave, Roberts, Margaret

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  • Brings to light the developing culture of swimming in nineteenth-century England 
  • Showcases the central role individual swimming professors, as opposed to structures and organisations, played in inspiring participation in swimming
  • Highlights the gender and class issues at work through its exploration of the importance of female and working-class exhibitors 
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This book explores how different constituencies influenced the development of nineteenth-century swimming in England, and highlights the central role played by swimming professors. These professionals were influential in inspiring participation in swimming, particularly among women, well before the amateur community created the Amateur Swimming Association, and this volume outlines some key life-courses to illustrate their working practices. Female exhibitors were important to professors and chapter three discusses these natationists and their impact on women’s swimming. Subsequent chapters address the employment opportunities afforded by new swimming baths and the amateur community that formed clubs and a national organization, which excluded swimming professors, many of whom subsequently worked successfully abroad. Dave Day and Margaret Roberts argue that the critical role played by professors in developing swimming has been forgotten, and suggest that their story is a reminder that individuals were just as important to the foundation of modern sport as the formation of amateur organizations.

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Dave Day is Professor of Sports History at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
Margaret Roberts is an independent researcher.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Swimming Communities in Victorian England
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-20940-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-20940-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-20939-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 308
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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