Palgrave Studies on Norbert Elias

Gaelic Games in Society

Civilising Processes, Players, Administrators and Spectators

Authors: Connolly, John, Dolan, Paddy

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  • Presents the first sociological explanation on the development of the Gaelic Games and the Gaelic Athletic Association
  • Illustrates and explains changes in violent behaviors amongst players and spectators, relating these transformations to Irish society more broadly
  • Explores how structural changes in society are interwoven with changes in the GAA
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In this book John Connolly and Paddy Dolan illustrate and explain developments in Gaelic games, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), and Irish society over the course of the last 150 years. The main themes in the book include: advances in the threshold of repugnance towards violence in the playing of Gaelic games, changes in the structure of spectator violence, diminishing displays of superiority towards the competing sports of soccer and rugby, the tension between decentralising and centralising processes, the movement in the balance between amateurism and professionalism, changes in the power balance between ‘elite’ players and administrators, and the difficulties in developing a new hybrid sport. The authors also explain how these developments were connected to various social processes including changes in the structure of Irish society and in the social habitus of people in Ireland.

About the authors

John Connolly is Senior Lecturer at Dublin City University, Ireland. 

Paddy Dolan is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at Technological University Dublin, Ireland.

Reviews

‘Connolly and Dolan set Gaelic games in the context of the development of sport worldwide, including trends towards less violence among players and spectators. Yet they also show how the GAA has been tied up with power relations within Irish society, between players and administrators, and in rivalry with soccer and rugby. A model of sociological history.’

—Stephen Mennell, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University College Dublin, Ireland

 

‘Connolly and Dolan draw on a wealth of historical documents and skilfully employ key concepts in figurational sociology to analyse a range of developments in Gaelic games that have long been the subject of media and public interest and the focus of heated debate within the GAA.’

—Paul Darby, Reader in the Sociology of Sport, Ulster University, UK

 

‘Ireland is as central to our understanding of global sport as sport is to our understanding of both Irish society and the theories of Norbert Elias. Gaelic Games in Society is a critical synthesis of history and sociology and continues the rich tradition of figurational analyses of the development of particular sports. This fascinating work will sit comfortably alongside the best.’

Dominic Malcolm, Reader in the Sociology of Sport, Loughborough University, UK

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gaelic Games in Society
Book Subtitle
Civilising Processes, Players, Administrators and Spectators
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies on Norbert Elias
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-31699-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-31699-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-31698-3
Series ISSN
2662-3102
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 213
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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