Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology

A Social History of Sheffield Boxing, Volume I

Rings of Steel, 1720–1970

Authors: Bell, Matthew, Armstrong, Gary

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  • A comprehensive social history of boxing in the city of Sheffield, spanning almost 300 years
  • Explores how sport can be tied to a city, to industry, to race, to class, and other key social indicators
  • Robust examination of key figures in the establishment of sport and city life in Sheffield 
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A Social History of Sheffield Boxing combines urban ethnography and anthropology, sociological theory and place and life histories to explore the global phenomenon of boxing. Raising many issues pertinent to the social sciences, such as contestations around state regulation of violence, commerce and broadcasting, pedagogy and elite sport and how sport is delivered and narrated to the masses, the book studies the history of boxing in Sheffield and the sport’s impact on the cultural, political and economic development of the city since the 18th century. Interweaving urban anthropology with sports studies and historical research the text expertly examines a variety of published sources, ranging from academic papers to biographies and from newspaper reports to case studies and contemporary interviews.

In Volume I, Bell and Armstrong construct a vivid history of boxing and probe its cultural acceptance in the late 1800s, examining how its rise was inextricably intertwined with the industrial and social development of Sheffield. Although Sheffield was not a national player in prize-fighting’s early days, throughout the mid-1800s, many parochial scores and wagers were settled by the use of fists. By the end of the century, boxing with gloves had become the norm, and Sheffield had a valid claim to be the chief provincial focus of this new passion—largely due to the exploits of George Corfield, Sheffield’s first boxer of national repute. Corfield’s deeds were later surpassed by three British champions: Gus Platts, Johnny Cuthbert and Henry Hall. Concluding with the dual themes of the decline of boxing in Sheffield and the city's changing social profile from the 1950s onwards, the volume ends with a meditation on the arrival of new migrants to the city and the processes that aided or frustrated their integration into UK life and sport.

About the authors

Matthew Bell has served as editor of the Sheffield United FC magazine Flashing Blade since 1989 and has written a weekly column in the Green ‘Un and Sheffield Star newspapers since 1993. Along with Dr Gary Armstrong, he co-authored Fit and Proper? Conflicts and Conscience in an English Football Club (2010), the definitive account of the recent history of Sheffield United FC, and Steel and Grace: Sheffield’s Olympic Track and Field Medallists (2014). With Sheffield historian Chris Hobbs, he is also the co-author of Shocking Sheffield: Forgotten Tales of Murder, Mishap and Gruesome Misdemeanour, Volumes 1 and 2 (2012), and Long Shadows Over Sheffield (2014).

Gary Armstrong is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at City University of London, UK. Amongst several projects on sport, criminology, and surveillance, he is the author of Football Hooligans: Knowing the Score; Blade Runners: Lives in Football; and Sheffield United FC: The Biography. In the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology series, he co-authored Mixed Occupancy Housing in London: A Living Tapestry? with James Rosbrook Thompson.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Social History of Sheffield Boxing, Volume I
Book Subtitle
Rings of Steel, 1720–1970
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-63545-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-63545-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-63544-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 397
Number of Illustrations
32 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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