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Professor Stephen Wagg

Professor Stephen Wagg
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Professor Stephen Wagg


Carnegie School Of Sport

0113 81 27391 S.Wagg@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Professor Stephen Wagg

Stephen Wagg joined the Carnegie Faculty in 2006 and was made a professor in 2008. He teaches courses on the history and politics of sport and on the mass media.

He trained in sociology and in his work has combined the sociological perspective with history and politics. His current working covers the relationship between sport and protest; the history of cricket; and the politics of amateurism in sport.

Current Teaching

  • Mass Media
  • The Politics of International Sport

Research Interests

Professor Wagg has written widely on the politics of sport, of leisure, of childhood, of comedy and and of the mass media. His latest books are Thatcher's Grandchildren: Politics and Childhood in the Twenty First Century (edited with Jane Pilcher, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and The London Olympics of 2012: Politics, Promises and Legacy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Selected Publications

Journal articles (11)

  • Wagg S (2015), Sacred turf: the Wimbledon tennis championships and the changing politics of Englishness. Sport in Society, vol. 20 (3), p. 398-412.
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  • Wagg S (2013), 'Everyone seemed to be "with it"': cricket politics and the coming of the one-day game, 1940-1970. Sport in Society, vol. 16 (1), p. 5-18.
  • Wagg S (2012), Class, Status and 'Poms': Social distinction, masculinity and The Ashes, 1930 to 1980. Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, vol. 15 (8), p. 1055-1069.
  • Wagg S (2011), 'The four-day game doesn't pay the bills': Leicestershire, 2010-11: A case study in the contemporary political economy of county cricket. Sport in Society, vol. 14 (10), p. 1407-1420.
  • Wagg S (2010), Cristiano meets Mr Spleen: Global football celebrity, mythic Manchester and the Portuguese diaspora. Sport in Society, vol. 13 (6), p. 919-934.
  • Wagg S; Ugra S (2009), Different hats, different thinking? technocracy, globalization and the indian cricket team. Sport in Society, vol. 12 (4-5), p. 600-612.
  • Wagg S; Crabbe T (2009), 'Holding their own': Australian football, British culture and globalization. Soccer and Society, vol. 10 (1), p. 57-72.
  • Wagg SE (2007), Angels of Us All? Football Management, Globalization and the Politics of Celebrity. Soccer and Society, vol. 8 (4), p. 440-458.
  • Wagg S (2006), «Anjos de todos nós?» Os treinadores de futebol, a globalização e as políticas de celebridade. Analise Social, vol. 41 (179), p. 347-369.
  • Wagg S (2006), Base Mechanic Arms? British rowing, some ducks and the shifting politics of amateurism. Sport in History, vol. 26 (3), p. 520-539.
  • Wagg S (2003), Muck or Nettles: Men masculinity and myth in Yorkshire Cricket. Sport in History, vol. 23 (2), p. 68-93.

Books (12)

  • Wagg SE (2017) Cricket: A Political History of the Global Game, 1945-2017. . Routledge.
  • Wagg S; Dart J (2016) Sport, Protest and Globalisation. . Springer.
  • Wagg SE (2015) The London Olympics of 2012. Politics, Promises and Legacy. . Palgrave Macmillan UK.
  • Bramham P; Wagg S (2014) An Introduction to Leisure Studies Principles and Practice. . London: SAGE.
  • Wagg S; Pilcher J (2014) Thatcher's Grandchildren? Politics and Childhood in the Twenty-First Century. . Springer.
  • Lashua B; Spracklen K; Wagg S ed. (2014) Sounds and the City: Popular Music, Place and Globalization. . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Lenskyj H; Wagg S (2012) The Palgrave Handbook of Olympic Studies. . Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bramham P; Wagg S ed. (2009) Sport, leisure and culture in the postmodern city. . Ashgate Publishing.
  • Wagg S; Wheaton B; Brick C; Caudwell C (2009) Key Concepts in Sport Studies. . Sage.
  • Wagg S; Porter D (2007) It Matters not who won or Lost: Essays on Amateurism in the History of British Sport. . Leicester: Routledge.
  • Wagg S; Andrews DL (2007) East Plays West: Sport and the Cold War. . Maryland: Routledge.
  • Wagg S (2004) Fat City? British Football and the Politics of Social Exclusion at the Turn of the Twenty First Century. . London: Routledge.

Chapters (15)

  • Wagg S (2017) 'Leisure and 'The Civilising Process''. In: Wagg S The Palgrave Handbook of Leisure Theory. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 633-650.
  • Wagg S (2016) ''The Atos Games': The Paralympics of 2012 and the New Politics of Disablement'. In: Wagg S Sport, Protest and Globalisation. Global Culture and Sport Series. Lonodn: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 257-287.
  • Wagg SE (2014) 'Why I Decided to Pretend I was American, I Will Never Know': Rock 'n Roll and 'The Sixties' in an English Town. In: Wagg SE Sounds and the City: Popular Music, Place and Globalization. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 93-112.
  • Wagg SE (2014) 'How Many Divisions Does Ozzy Osbourne Have?' Some Thoughts on Politics, Heavy Metal Music and the 'Clash of Civilisations'. In: Wagg SE Sounds and the City: Popular Music, Place and Globalization. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 128-147.
  • Wagg SE (2014) ''When I give food to the poor...' Some Thoughts on Charity, Childhood and the Media'. In: Wagg SE Thatcher's Grandchildren?: Politics and Childhood in the Twenty First. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 101-107.
  • Wagg S (2014) 'Whiteboard Jungle: Schooling, Culture War and the Market at the Turn of the Twenty First Century'. In: Wagg S Thatcher's Grandchildren?: Politics and Childhood in the Twenty-First Century. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 179-203.
  • Wagg S (2012) Tilting at Windmills? Olympics Politics and the Spectre of Amateurism. In: Wagg S A Handbook of Olympic Studies. : Palgrave Macmillan, pp. .
  • Wagg S (2011) Her Dainty Strength: Suzanne Lenglen, Wimbledon and the Coming of Female Sport Celebrity. In: Wagg S Myths and Milestones in the History of Sport. : Palgrave Macmillan, pp. .
  • Wagg S (2011) They can't stop us laughing: Politics, leisure and the comedy business. In: Wagg S The new politics of leisure and pleasure. : Palgrave McMillan, pp. .
  • Wagg S (2010) In this shrinking World: 'Race', the Olympics and Wind of Change. In: Wagg S Challenging Racism in Sport. Baisingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. .
  • Wagg S (2010) It's just not Shen Shi Yun Dong: Exploring the Limits to the Globalisation of Cricket. In: Wagg S Cricket and Globalisation. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. .
  • Bramham P; Wagg S (2010) Introduction: Unforbidden fruit: From leisure to pleasure. In: Bramham P; Wagg S The New Politics of Leisure and Pleasure. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-10.
  • Wagg S (2009) Nowt for being second: Leeds, Leeds United and the Ghost of Don Revie. In: Wagg S Leisure and Culture in a Postmodern English City. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. .
  • Wagg S; Bramham P (2009) Barcelona of the North? Reflections of Postmodern Leeds. In: Wagg S; Bramham P Leisure and Culture in a Postmodern English City. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. .
  • Wagg S (2007) To be an Englishman: Race, ethnicity and English cricket in the global age. In: Wagg S Cricket, Race and the 2007 World Cup. : Routledge, pp. .

Conference contributions (1)

  • Wagg S (2008) In this Shrinking World: 'Race', the Olympics and the Wind of Change . UK: .

Lectures (1)

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