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Record identifier : 567569
Personal Name - Primary Intelectual Responsibility : Miner, W. Curtis
Title and statement of responsibility : Level playing fields: The democratization of amateur sport in Pennsylvania [Thesis]
Publication, Distribution,Etc. : University of Pittsburgh, 2006
Language of the Item : eng
Dissertation of thesis details and type of degree : Ph.D.
Body granting the degree : , University of Pittsburgh
Summary or Abstract : This dissertation examines how amateur sports once dominated and controlled by Pennsylvania's Leisure Class became accessible to non-elites over the course of the twentieth century. Rising standards of living and increased leisure time were pre-requisites for broader public participation. But this study argues that the democratization of amateur sport depended on the active intervention of the state and, to a lesser extent, the market, both of which broadened access to privately controlled playing fields. In hunting, state game management restored wild game populations, thus ensuring a bountiful supply of game for all Pennsylvanians, irrespective of social class. Likewise, the first municipally owned golf courses, often situated in public parks, offered the only alternative to the private courses which up to that point dominated the game and regulated participation. Finally, the market-driven demand for new sources of "football material" on college campuses opened opportunities for working-class student athletes, most of whom were recruited and subsidized by wealthy alumni..
Topical Name Used as Subject : American history, Recreation
Information of biblio record : TL
 
 
 
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