Australian rules football and distributive justice

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Gotlib, Ralph (2011) Australian rules football and distributive justice. Research Master thesis, Victoria University.


Australian Rules football captures the public imagination like no other sport in the country, commanding an almost religious following and monopolising the media. A number of economic and social goods are produced, especially by or through the Australian Football League. Australian football has never been more popular; yet, there are concerns about changes to how the game is played, how it is governed, and who benefits. Corporatisation is often blamed for undermining traditions, suggesting an increased need for public accountability. What is ‘good for the game’ in the modern era is a complex question that cannot be resolved by simply a sentimental appeal to tradition or a by a wholesale condemnation of corporatisation. This thesis introduces a set of tools for the analysis and evaluation of goods allocation in Australian football. These tools comprise MacIntyre’s ‘practice-institution’ concept, theories of distributive justice, and social-cultural analysis.

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Master of Arts

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords Australian rules football; Australian football management; Australian football history; Alasdair MacIntyre; distributive justice; social-cultural analysis; sociocultural; concept; AFL policies; VFL; VFA; change management; goods
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