Tackling Rugby Myths: Rugby and New Zealand Society, 1854-2004

Author(s): Greg Ryan


This book examines many aspects of rugby in New Zealand since about 1854, showing how rugby and identity have been bundles together for over a century, with both nation and game endowed with qualities of egalitarianism, innovation and rural pragmatism that have beeen promoted on the world stage. It tackles some of the very real myths surrounding this image of the game, disentangling assumptions from historical fact and coming up with some interesting angles on rugby's past.


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Preface Introduction 1 'To Uphold the Honour of the Province': Football in Canterbury, 1854-1890 2 Rural Myth and Urban Reality: All Black and NZ Rugby 1884-1983 3 'A Tendency to Roughness': The Unseemly Side of Rugby Football 1890-1914 4 The Invention of 1905 5 The Paradox of Maori Rugby 1870-1914 6 Maori and the 1937 Springbok Tour 7 Demonstrable Virility: Images of Masculinity in the 1956 Springbok Tour 8 Moira's Lament: Feminist Advocacy and the 1981 Springbok Tour 9 The End of an Aura: All Black Rugby and Rural Nostalgia since 1995 10 The End of 'Our' National Game? Romance, Mobilities and the Politics of Organisation 11 Nostalgia and Resistance: The Changing Face of Rugby Notes Bibliography Index

General Fields

  • : 9781877276972
  • : Otago University Press
  • : Otago University Press
  • : April 2005
  • : 230mm X 150mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Greg Ryan
  • : Paperback
  • : 796.333
  • : 248
  • : b/w photos