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Title: Folklore, folkdevil, folklaw : football and the regulation of its consumption
Author: Osborn, Guy
ISNI:       0000 0001 3460 3000
Awarding Body: Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 2002
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This thesis is presented in the form of a synoptic report and a collection of six appendices. There are three central strands. The first part deals with law's relationship with popular culture. Here an analysis is made of the position of law and popular culture within the academy, and the shifts that have occurred within perceptions of the area. This groundwork completed, an analysis is made both of how popular culture has engaged with the law, and how law has engaged with popular culture. This includes how popular culture has been used within teaching strategies and how areas of popular culture have used the law as a focus for their own delivery. The issue of how law has engaged with popular culture (rather than how popular culture has engaged with law) is considered in terms of how the law has increasingly become involved within areas of popular culture, and considers select examples of this phenomenon in order to examine this. Having considered popular culture more generally, the narrower area of law's intervention in, and relationship with, sport, is dealt with before the main body of the work is presented. In particular this focuses upon the growth of sport and the law and focuses upon boxing as a site of legal intervention as a vehicle for this. The analysis of aspects and levels of regulation within the consumption of football essentially falls into two parts. Firstly, historical examples of regulation in the pre-professional game are considered, mainly in the form of public order and criminal considerations. Secondly, the encroachment of civil law into football is analysed, this is mainly concerned with the shift in focus away from criminal issues towards higher levels of regulation in the form of the regulation of commercial considerations, and reference is made to New Labour approaches to football. The incursion of the civil law as regards football is dealt with as regards the consumption of, rather than participation in, football. Finally, some concluding remarks are made, including an attempt to further draw together the material discussed and to place these developments in the context of developments in law and popular culture more generally.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Popular culture