My PhD examined the historical, sociological and cultural machinations of recreational cricket in southern England, with a particular emphasis upon the role played by amateur ideology, which both acted a means of class distinction and shaped regional identities in England.
My recent research as focussed upon the links between social class, the suburbanisation process and cultural change, as well as the social and philosophical origins of the so-called 'gentleman amateur'. I am currently writing a social history of English cricket, with a particular emphasis upon recreational 'club' and 'league' cricket and the relationship this level of cricket had with the 'first class' game.
Visiting academic researcher, University of Huddersfield
Visiting academic researcher, Victoria University (Melbourne)
University of Huddersfield, PhD / History
Leicester University, MA / Sociology of Sport
Suburbanisation and Cultural Change: the case of club cricket in Surrey, 1870 - 1939, Urban History
New Directions in Sport History, Routledge
‘It's all friendly down there’: the Club Cricket Conference, amateurism and the cultural meaning of cricket in the South of England, Sport in Society
Regional Cricket Identities: The Construction of Class Narratives and Their Relationship to Contemporary Supporters., Leisure Studies Association
Cricket's regional identities: the development of cricket and identity in Yorkshire and Surrey, Sport in Society