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MacLean, Malcolm (Dr.) 

Malcolm Maclean, Associate Dean Quality & Standards, Reader in Culture & History of Sport at the University of Gloucestershire

Malcolm Maclean

Associate Dean Quality and Standards and Reader in the Culture and History of Sport

Telephone: +44 (0)1242 715158


I am a historian by training with degrees in anthropology and sociology, and I am interested in the cultural and social experience and identities associated with sport and exercise, and especially in sport as a cultural industry and practice. My job is split equally between an academic post and a management post. In the School of Sport & Exercise I teach sociology and history in undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as supervising research degrees in sport, history and play. The other half of my job is in Academic Registry, where as Associate Dean, Quality & Standards I deal with academic regulations and procedures. My working life has included time in New Zealand and Australian universities as well as trade unions and community groups and the public service in both countries.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD (Sociology/Human Movement Studies) - University of Queensland, Australia. Title: Confronting Foundational Myths: Apartheid, Rugby and the Post-Colonising of Aotearoa/New Zealand - Awarded 2004
  • Master of Arts in History - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (1994). Thesis title Wellington’s Class Prison: Holloway Road, 1919-1939.  Steps Towards and Analysis of the Material Basis of Working Class Daily Life.  Awarded, 1994
  • Bachelor of Arts (with Second Class, First Division Honours) in History, VUW. 1989.  Research essay title The Perplexing Rapprochement: F. P. Walsh and the Communists.  Awarded, 1989
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Massey University, New Zealand. Awarded, 1982

Areas of research interest and teaching expertise

My teaching and research interests are based in my background in history and anthropology which have given me a ‘view from below’. I am interested in ordinary experiences of cultural and social life, with an emphasis on power, resistance, struggle and the identities related to those experiences. My sport and exercise work addresses three major areas:

  • popular culture, especially film, music and fashion, including issues of both consumption and production; 
  • popular movements, especially activist political campaigns, with an emphasis on boycott movements including anti-apartheid politics; and 
  • colonial and imperial history, especially the sport and body culture experiences of indigenous and colonised peoples.

I also have a particular interest in qualitative research methods, especially research design and research ethics.

Research degree completions

  • Cultural Technology and Sporting Value: A Philosophical Investigation. PhD. Carl Thomen. 2012
  • Building a repertoire: exploring the role of active play in encouraging physical literacy in children. MA. Patrizio de Rossi. 2011
  • De-Mystifying the Muslimah: Exploring Different Perceptions of Young Muslim Women in Britain. PhD. Sariya Contractor. 2010
  • Developing character Education in Physical Education and Sports: a virtue ethical account. PhD. Rona Brodie (2006)

Current research students

  • An investigation into the reasons that contribute to the decision of highly skilled Tanzanians to migrate to the UK. DBA, Anna Makakala. Due for completion 2013.
  • The evolution of the health care delivery system in the Islamic Caliphate (632 AD – 1258 AD) as a function of state. PhD, Basem Khalil. Due for completion 2013.
  • A graphic anthropology of adults' lines of moving and seeing within children's play sites. PhD, Francis Barton. Due for completion 2017.
  • Young persons’ personal protection: Perceptions and education. PhD, Jim Clough. Due for completion 2014.
  • Examining the fitness for purpose of MBA Learning. PhD, Jocelyne Fleming. Due for completion 2014.
  • Qualitative Audience Study of Lesbian Football Fanship. PhD, Kirsty Clarke. Due for completion 2017.
  • Tourism, Protected Areas and Community: Investigating the Role of Tribal Parks in Fostering Cultural Identity and Socio-Economic Sustainability. PhD, Rob Ferguson. Due for completion 2013.
  • Picking up the pieces – a study of youth organisations’ response to contextual change in Gloucestershire. PhD, Steve Bullock. Due for completion 2017.
  • To bring play to life and life to play: Interrupting dominant narratives of play, childhood and adulthood. PhD, Stuart Lester. Due for completion 2014.
  • The Dialectics of Playwork: a study of playworkers using Cultural Historical Activity Theory. PhD, Wendy Russell. Due for completion 2014.
  • Young People and Interventions: An analysis of the relationship between professional values, ideology and praxis in the social care sector. PhD. Justin Dunne. Due for completion 2017.
  • The Place and Limits of Competition in the Physical Education Curriculum. MA. Steve Piper. Due for completion 2014.

Journal articles 

'Occupying a cultural Commons: reclaiming the labour process in critical sports studies.’ Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics (forthcoming) DOI:10.1080/17430437.2014.849449

‘A Gap but Not an Absence: Clubs and Sports Historiography’ International Journal of the History of Sport 30(14), 1687-1698. 2013 DOI:10.1080/09523367.2013.831346

‘Cracks in the (Self-Constructed?) Ghetto walls? Comments on Paul Ward’s Last Man Picked’ International Journal of the History of Sport 30(1), 14-22. 2013. DOI:10.1080/09523367.2012.743996

‘Women In the weighing room: gendered discourses of exclusion in English flat-racing’ Sport in Society 15(3), 320-334. 2012 (with Laura-Jayne Roberts) DOI:10.1080/17430437.2012.653203

‘Where the ‘Real’ Meets the ‘Conceptual’: The Uncomfortable Boundary Between Histories of Sport and Cultural Studies’ Sport in History 30(3), 489-500. 2010. DOI:10.1080/17460263.2010.505411

‘Ambiguity Within the Boundary: Re-reading CLR James Beyond a Boundary’ Journal of Sport History 37(1), 99-117. 2010

‘Anti-apartheid Boycotts and the Affective Economies of Struggle’ Sport in Society 13(1), 72-91. 2010. DOI:10.1080/17430430903377870 

‘A National(ist) Line in Post-colonising Cricket: Viv Richards, Biographies, and Cricketing Nationalism’ Sport in Society 12(4/5), 521-534. 2009. DOI:10.1080/17430430802702806

‘Brawling in Berne: A International Comparison of Mediated Male Violence in the Football World Cup 1954’ International Review for the Sociology of Sport 43(1), 71-90. 2008 (with Gerd van der Lippe, Telemark University, Norway)

‘Evolving Modern Sport’ (an invited commentary on Stefan Szymanski ‘A Theory of the Evolution of Modern Sport’) Journal of Sport History 35(1), 49-55. 2008

‘“Almost the same, but not quite...Almost the same, but not white”: Maori and Aotearoa/New Zealand’s 1981 Springbok Tour’ Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing 23(1), 69-82. 2001

‘Football as Social Critique: Protest Movements, Rugby and History in Aotearoa/New Zealand’ International Journal for the History of Sport 17(2/3), 255-277. 2000. (*Recipient of the journal's "Best Article of the Year" award.)

‘From Old Soldiers to Old Youth: Political Leadership and Aotearoa/New Zealand’s 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour’ Occasional Papers in Football Studies 1(1), 22-36. 1998

‘Six Years Hard Labour: Workers and Unions under the Employment Contracts Act’ California Western International Law Journal 28(1), pp. 45-64. Fall 1997 (with Maxine Gay)

‘The Silent Centre: Where Are Pakeha in Biculturalism?’ Continuum: The Australian Journal of Media and Culture 10(1), pp. 108-120. 1996

‘Public History: A Cheap Chronicle for an Imagined Public?’ CQU Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies 3, pp. 51-62. 1996

‘But What Sort of Value? A Polemic Provoked by John Frow’s Cultural Studies and Cultural Value’ Social Semiotics 5(2), pp. 281-298. 1995

Book chapters

‘History for Coaches’ in Jones, R., and Kingston, K. (eds) Introduction to Sports Coaching: Connection theory to practice (2nd ed.) London, Routledge, 83-97. 2013. (with Ian Pritchard).

‘Sports History, Culture and Practice in Oceania’ in John Nauright and Charles Parrish (eds) Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice (Vol 1: General Topics, Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Oceania) Santa Barbara, ABC-CLIO, pp 315-327, 2012. (with Daryl Adair)

‘Antiapartheid Campaigns (Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand) in John Nauright and Charles Parrish (eds) Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice (Vol 1: General Topics, Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Oceania) Santa Barbara, ABC-CLIO, pp 332-34. 2012.

‘Springbok Tour of New Zealand (1981) (South African Rugby Tour)’ in John Nauright and Charles Parrish (eds) Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice (Vol 1: General Topics, Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Oceania) Santa Barbara, ABC-CLIO, pp 454-56. 2012.

‘Artificially natural — a brief history of modern sport’ in Anxo Cereijo Roibas, Emmanuel Stamtakis, and Ken Black (eds) Design for Sport Aldershot, Ashgate pp 13-32. 2011

Choosing ill-health: aspects of a critical sociology of physical activity’ in H. Schultz, P. R. Wright & T. Hauser (eds) Exercise, Sports & Health: Second Joint Research Conference in Chemnitz, Germany, 9-11 September 2009 Chemnitz, Universtätsverlag Chemnitz. pp 184-92. 2011.

New Zealand (Aotearoa)’ for S. W. Pope and John Nauright (eds) Routledge Companion to Sports History Abingdon, Routledge. pp 510-525. 2010.

‘Bouts of Kiwi Loyalty: Musical Frames and Televised Sport’ in Bale, J., and Bateman, T. (eds) Sporting Sounds London, Routledge. pp 237-250. 2009.

‘The Janus Face of Colonial Sport: Parody and Civility in West Indian Cricket’ in Pavlin, T (ed) Sport, Nation, Nationalism: Proceedings of the 8th ISHPES Seminar and International Conference on Social Science and Sport Ljubljana, Fakulteta za šport, Inštitut za šport, Zavod Ekvilib. pp 45-50. 2008.

‘History for Coaches’ in Jones, R., Hughes, M., and Kingston, K. (eds) Introduction to Sports Coaching London, Routledge. pp 52-63. 2008; with Ian Pritchard.

‘Competing Fandoms and Local Responses to Apartheid Sport: Spatialized Clashes in the Affective Economies of Aotearoa/New Zealand during the 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour’ in Bale, J. and Cronin M. (eds) Sport and Postcolonialism Oxford, Berg. pp 57-72. 2003.

'Women in/and Football’ Football Studies 4(2), 2001 – guest co-editor with Gerd von der Lippe

‘Of Warriors and Blokes: The Problem of Maori Rugby for Pakeha Masculinity in New Zealand’ in Chandler, T. and Nauright, J. (eds) Making The Rugby World: Race, Gender, Commerce London, Frank Cass, pp 1-26. 1999.


‘Sporting Nations without States’ Special issue of National Identities co-edited with Russell Field, forthcoming 2014

'The Sports Clubs in History: International Perspectives’ Special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport 30(14) 2013

The Philosophy of Play co-edited with Emily Ryall and Wendy Russell, London, Routledge 2013

Academic conferences 

'Revisiting (and revising?) sports boycotts: from rugby against South Africa to soccer in Israel’ ISHPES Routledge Keynote Lecture, 14th ISHPES Congress, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei. 18-23 August 2013.

‘A Profound Gap in Knowledge – the Absence of Clubs from Sports History’ North American Society for Sports History Conference,, St Mary’s University, Halifax NS, Canada. May 2013.

‘Standing in the cultural commons: reformulating the labour process in critical sports studies’ The Social Science of Sport: Quality, Position, and Relevance, Dept. of Sport Sciences, Malmö University April 19-21, 2012

What happened to standing on the shoulders of giants? Copying, crediting and the commodification of our synapses.’ Sport History and the Law panel, North American Society for Sports History Conference, Berkeley, California, May 2012.

‘Beyond Football and Frocks: Sport, Fashion and the (not so new) Cultural Economy’ Sport, Fashion and Clothing Symposium, International Football Institute & The International Fashion Institute, University of Central Lancashire September, 2011

‘Beyond the British: Sport & the British through a post-national frame’ Historians on Sport, De Montfort University, Leicester, 30 October 2010

‘Women In the weighing room: gender discrimination on the thoroughbred racetrack.’ Centres and Peripheries Conference, University of Malmö, Sweden, April 2010. (with Laura-Jayne Roberts)

'Home is Where the Ball is: Sport, Colonial Nationalism, and Imperial Culture in Aotearoa New Zealand, Institute for Historical Research, 30 November 2009.

‘Playing the Imperial Game? Imperial Affinities and Colonial Nationalism in Antipodean Sport’ North American Society for Sports History conference, Asheville, North Carolina, May 2009.

‘The Absence of Clubs from the History of Sports Organisations’ invited lecture, Katedra tělesné výchovy, Ostravská Univerzita v Ostravě (Department of Physical Education, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic), 27 November 2008.

‘Life worlds, life writing, and subaltern athletes: voices of difference in sports biography’ British Society of Sports History conference, University of Brighton, Eastbourne, 5-7 September 2008.

‘Sports biography and the limit of historical knowledge: exploring subaltern pasts’ People in Sport History/Sport History for People, International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport, Tartu, Estonia, 2-6 July 2008.

‘Narrating Native American Athletes: The Poetics of Mose Yellowhorse’ North American Society for Sports History, Lake Placid, New York, 23-27 May 2008.

‘Anti-apartheid boycotts and the affective economies of struggle: the case of Aotearoa/New Zealand’ To Remember is To Resist: 40 Years of Sport and Social Change, University of Toronto, 20-22 May 2008

‘Reading West Indies Cricket; Colonised, Decolonised, or Post-colonising?’ North American Society for Sport Sociology, Pittsburgh, 31 October — 3 November 2007.

Tripping over Indigeneity: Anti-Apartheid Politics and Anti-Racism Campaigns in Aotearoa/New Zealand' North American Society for Sports History, Lubbock, Texas. 25-29 May 2007

A National(ist) Line in Post-colonising Cricket: Viv Richards, Biographies, and Cricketing Nationalism’ Political Studies Association Sport and Politics Group, Newtown, Wales, 23-25 February 2007, and Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, 2 March 2007.

‘Bouts of Kiwi Loyalty: Musical Frames and Televised Sport’ Sport and Music, University of Århus, Denmark, 27-28 September 2006.

‘The Janus Face of Colonial Sport: Parody and Civility in West Indian Cricket’ Sport, Nation, Nationalism, University of Ljubljana, 24-27 August 2006; and British Society of Sports History Conference, Lancaster, 1-3 September 2006.

‘A Right Old Bust Up: Rugby Union, Imperial Ideology, and The Springboks in New Zealand’ All Blacks and the Mother Country Conference, Museum of Rugby, Twickenham, 11-12 September 2005

‘Wronged, and Increasingly Whitened: The D’Oliviera Affair in Worcester’ British Society of Sports History, University of Glamorgan, 2-4 September 2005 (with Charlotte Law)

‘The Routine Rituals of Run-of-the-Mill Rugby: Sport, Identities and Everyday Life’ Educational and Sociological Issues in Sports And Physical Recreation Conference, University of Århus, Denmark, 8-10 December, 2004

‘Post-colonising Post-colonialism: Colonies of Settlement, Indigenous Sport and the Absence of Data’ Paper presented to the Anthropology and Sport symposium, De Montfort University, Leicester, 4 December, 2004

‘Playing in the Old Empire: Rugby Union and Nationhood in Post-Colonising Aotearoa/New Zealand’ Institute for Commonwealth Studies, University of London. February 22, 2002.

Membership of professional bodies  

University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH. Telephone +44 (0)844 8010001.