Amateurism, capital and Roger Bannister

Bale, John Richard (2006) Amateurism, capital and Roger Bannister. Sport in History, 26 3: 484-501. doi:10.1080/17460260601066266

Author Bale, John Richard
Title Amateurism, capital and Roger Bannister
Journal name Sport in History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1746-0263
Publication date 2006-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17460260601066266
Volume 26
Issue 3
Start page 484
End page 501
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Abstract Roger Bannister's sub-four-minute mile in 1954 has been celebrated, both at the time and subsequently, as the epitome of amateur athletic achievement. Such an assessment, however, relies on a rather narrow and unsatisfactory definition of amateurism. This essay draws on the work of Pierre Bourdieu to identify various forms of immaterial capital on which Bannister was able to draw or which he gained access to as a result of his athletic prowess. It argues that he was able to convert the symbolic capital that he earned as a champion miler into other forms of capital on which he has drawn and continues to draw in his subsequent career. Defining the rewards that an athlete might gain in this fashion offers a new way of interrogating amateurism generally.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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