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A Social History of Cricket (HI2B6)


Tutor: Professor Tim Lockley
Office: H332, third floor of the Humanities Building
Term-Time Office Hours: Wed 11-12; Fri 10-11
Seminar Times: Monday 10-12 H105


This module uses the history of cricket as a tool to explore themes in social history, including the concept of leisure time, colonialism, cultural appropriation, race, class and gender. It also examines cricket as a sporting and political phenomenon in its own right. It has an interdisciplinary approach using text, film, radio, and material objects.

This second-year undergraduate 15 CATS module runs for ten weeks in either the autumn or spring term. By the end of the module students will:

  • Understand how cricket’s relationship with society has changed over time.
  • Demonstrate how the analysis of the history of one sport in depth provides a theoretical and historiographical framework for analysing societies, politics and cultures in the past.
  • Have deepened their research and curating skills.
  • Have developed writing and oral skills for differing audiences.

There are no prerequisite modules required to take this module, but students may wish to consider also taking the 15 CATS module A Global History of Football (HI2B5).