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Challenging the respectable image of Victorian society, this irreverent, revisionist collection explores the sinful side of middle-class Victorian leisure, highlighting the problematic relationship between public respectability and private pleasure.
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Disreputable Pleasures

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Overview

Challenging the respectable image of Victorian society, this irreverent, revisionist collection explores the sinful side of middle-class Victorian leisure, highlighting the problematic relationship between public respectability and private pleasure.
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Meet the Author

Mike Huggins is former head of postgraduate teacher training at Lancaster University, now retired. Now a sports history writer and researcher, he lectures at St. Martin's College, Lancaster. He is also the author of Flat Racing and British Society, 1790-1914: A Social and Economic History, which won the prestigious North American Society for Sports History Prize for sports history book of the year in 2001.
J.A. Mangan is former Director of the International Research Centre for Sport, Socialisation and Society at the University of Strathclyde, UK. He was founding Chairman of the British Society of Sports History and founding editor of The International Journal of the History of Sport.
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Table of Contents

Prologue : all mere complexities
1 Bullies, beatings, battles and bruises : 'great days and jolly days' at one mid-Victorian public school
2 Bloods, blues and barbarians : some aspects of late Victorian Oxbridge
3 Dandy rats at play : the Liverpudlian middle classes and horse-racing in the nineteenth century
4 Popular Sunday newspapers, respectability and working-class culture in late Victorian Britain
5 Disreputable adolescent reading : low-life, women-in-peril and school sport 'penny dreadfuls' from the 1860s to the 1890s
6 Cartoons and comic periodicals, 1841-1901 : a satirical sociology of Victorian sporting life
7 A heart of darkness? : leisure, respectability and the aesthetics of vice in Victorian Wales
8 Violence, gamesmanship and the amateur ideal in Victorian middle-class rugby
9 Ludism, laughter and liquor : homosocial behaviour in late-Victorian Scottish harriers clubs
Epilogue : the dogs bark but the caravan moves on
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