Because sports keep male minds filled does not prove sports are a greater cultural influence than the arts, which don’t. So we disagree with C. L. R. James’ remark:
I believe and hope to prove that cricket and football were the greatest cultural influences in nineteenth-century Britain, leaving far behind Tennyson’s poems, Beardsley’s drawings and concerts of the Philharmonic Society. These filled space in print but not in minds.
(Quoted from page 24 of Race, Sport and Politics, by Ben Carrington. Sage, 2010)
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