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Cricket, Capitalism and Class: From the Village Green to the Cricket Industry

Chris McMillan

This ambitious new study argues that not only is the story of cricket inescapably entwined with that of capitalism, but that the game provides a unique lens with which to understand the history, development, exigencies and contradictions of capitalist political economy.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: Oct 6th, 2023
  • Pages: 246
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 0.63in - 1.19lb
  • EAN: 9781032261652
  • Categories: Cultural & Social AspectsCricket

About the Author

Chris McMillan is a Professional Teaching Fellow in the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is a sociologist with a particular interest in the intersections of cultures of capitalism, sport, cities and public policy. Chris is an active, if ineffective, cricketer and has played recreationally for East Coast Bays Cricket Club in New Zealand as well as Kew Cricket Club in London.

Praise for this book

'If the cricket 'Establishment' co-opted C.L.R. James, and denigrated Mike Marqusee, it will be interesting to see how they react to Chris McMillan, a third Marxist, who has exposed how class and capitalism shapes the global game - for better or worse - like never before.

While no book is ever definitive, you'd be hard pushed to think of, or produce, a more comprehensive examination of cricket, past and present, in a global context and the role that capitalism and class plays, all too often, in hindering it ever becoming a 'people's game'.

A book that highlights the significance of sport - in this case cricket - in understanding the central role class plays in capitalist, and increasingly globalised, society. Whether you follow the game or not, this is essential reading for not only academics, but those running, broadcasting, and writing about the game also.'

Duncan Stone, Author of 'Different Class: The Untold Story of English Cricket', The University of Huddersfield, UK