Andrew Moore 's Opera Of The Proletariat : Rugby League, The Labour Movement And Working Class Culture

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In America, sports are synonymous with popular American culture. Sports have ties to the everyman, capitalism, and patriotism. However, according to Andrew Moore’s article, “Opera of the Proletariat: Rugby League, the Labour Movement and Working-Class Culture in New South Wales and Queensland”, across the ocean in Australia, there is a strong connection between the creation of the Australian Rugby League and the Australian Labor Movement. This paper will analyze Moore’s claims regarding the connection between the Australian Rugby League and not only the Australian Labor Movement, but socialist philosophy in general. Moore begins his paper in a chronological manner, telling us of the history of Australian Rugby and Labour. Rather than beginning with any thorough analysis, he begins by linking the Rugby League to the Labour Movements simply by informing the reader of several League players who also had significant links to the Labour Movement. Moore asserts that this linkage is not simply correlation, but rather causation when he states that “Rugby league was part of the making of a labour life.” (Moore, 57). Moore then continues this point by informing the reader of more connections of labour union members with sports, and shares several anecdotes such as “Pat Clancy, long term secretary of the Building Workers ' Industrial Union, organised union meetings so that he would not miss radio broadcasts of the South Sydney Rabbitohs ' games.” (Moore, 57). After this
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