Mark Perryman
Mark Perryman is a research fellow in sport and leisure culture at the Chelsea School, University of Brighton and co-founder of Philosophy Football. Mark's new book 1966 and Not All That is published by Repeater Books in 2016.

Entries by Mark Perryman

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

(0) Comments | Posted 12 April 2016 | (12:13)

It has become almost a mantra, there's no protest music any more, discuss. In the mainstream maybe, though Beyoncé for one by following up her embrace of feminism with the message that the Black Panthers matter seems to confound.

This is one revolution that will most certainly not be televised....

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Fixture Clash: Euro 2016 vs Euro Referendum

(0) Comments | Posted 24 February 2016 | (09:51)

David Cameron, you know the one who gets his Villas and West Hams all in a muddle when professing his undying love for a team in claret and blue, obviously wasn't checking the summer fixture lists when plumping for a date to have a Euro Referendum.

Not content to pee...

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Don't Tell Him Pike

(0) Comments | Posted 4 February 2016 | (09:28)

1968 was a tumultuous year. The Tet Offensive, the civil rights movement, the May events of 'Paris, London, Rome, Berlin, We shall fight, we will win' and the Prague Spring. This was also the year, 15th April to be precise, that Dad's Army, unarguably Britain's most loved TV comedy series,...

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We Can Be Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2016 | (10:46)

Remember David Bowie but Mark Perryman argues with a purpose

A cultural icon passes away and the routine of acres of newsprint, pullout supplements and memorial keepsakes follow in a mediated moment. What was it that Marx once said? 'All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy...

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Top Ten Political Books to Read in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted 22 January 2016 | (10:40)

The end of history? 2015 well and truly put paid to the age of the

Syriza win in January, call the Troika's bluff with a referendum and a
landslide victory rejecting the terms and then #thisisacoup derails most of the
hope. In Britain the polls...

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Top Ten Sports Books to Read in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted 4 January 2016 | (13:11)

Football's European Championships featuring England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic plus the Rio OIympics and Ryder Cup will undoubtedly dominate the 2016 sporting summer and autumn while cycling's World Track Cycling Championships coming to London in March will be a domestic highlight. But then every year has its customary...

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Autumn Books for the Corbyn Effect

(0) Comments | Posted 26 November 2015 | (09:56)

Peter Mair's superb short book Ruling the Void is rightly regarded as the
essential text on the subject of disaffection with mainstream politics.
The brilliant Inventing the Future describes a post capitalist politics that
understands social, economic and culturalchange without being seduced...

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Summer of Sport 2015 Top Ten Reads

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2015 | (10:19)

English football's Premiership (sic), the best league in the world? The same 4 clubs, well give or take one perhaps, could be jotted down on a scrap of paper every August with a cast-iron guarantee they will fill the Champions League places, year in, year out. Tedium, its the brand...

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Liberté, Égalité, Vélocité

(0) Comments | Posted 15 June 2015 | (11:41)

Le Tour is now as much a fixture of the Great British Sporting Summer as Wimbledon strawberries and cream, a flutter on the Derby, England's bi-annual early exit from a Euro or a World Cup and the five-day drama of an Ashes Test, weather permitting.

It wasn't always thus. Not...

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When It Comes to Fifa the English FA's Not Got a Leg to Stand On

(0) Comments | Posted 1 June 2015 | (11:24)

"I'm incredibly disappointed with the timing of what the BBC seem to be proposing with Panorama. To do it the week before the vote - I don't think think it's patriotic." Andy Anson, Director England World Cup 2018 Bid, November 2010

That's right, on the eve of England's doomed bid...

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A Manifesto of Good Reads

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2015 | (11:29)

Veteran rebel Tariq Ali proves the durability of a countercultural idealism. Tariq's new book Extreme Centre is a splendid denunciation of the battle for the middle ground.
After Neoliberalism? and its companion volume
The Neoliberal Crisis are both framed by a similar 1968-inflected...

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Not a Lot of Peace. Too Much Ill Will. A Good Seasonal Read Needed

(0) Comments | Posted 17 December 2014 | (10:09)

Bah! Humbug? Well, not exactly but in a world of not much peace and plenty of ill-will what do you buy for those in your life clinging on to the ideal that the point is to change it? Here's my top ten, not guaranteed to cheer them up mind.


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Beyond the Froth

(0) Comments | Posted 17 November 2014 | (10:49)

I'm sorry but you won't find here the just-in-time-for Christmas sports autobiography blockbusters. With enough manufactured controversy to ensure blanket coverage when they are launched even a skim read will reveal that on the contrary they tell the reader very little they didn't either know or suspect already.

Instead I...

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A Breath of Fresh Air

(0) Comments | Posted 3 October 2014 | (11:43)

Two writers in particular serve to symbolise a brightness of purpose outside the mainstream. Laurie Penny's Unspeakable Things is the latest collection of her writing.This is feminism with no apologies given, no compromises surrendered and a sharp-edged radicalism all the better for both.
The Establishment by...

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Red, White, Blue and Green with Envy

(0) Comments | Posted 10 September 2014 | (13:35)

OK , votes from East Sussex for Scottish independence are going to amount to diddly-squat next Thursday. But its the thought that counts. I've never had a problem with Scottish independence. The sooner the better in my book,I've written several on the subject, because when Scotland becomes what it always...

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Reading Le Tour

(0) Comments | Posted 1 July 2014 | (19:53)

Tim Moore's French Revolutions is one of the best introductions to the scale and ambition of Le Tour from a cyclist's point of view as he retells the experience of riding all 3,630km of one year's route. Ned Boulting's brilliantly idiosyncratic How I Won the Yellow Jumper is...

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Tour De Angleterre Avec France

(1) Comments | Posted 24 June 2014 | (11:08)

No expensive new stadiums and arenas, often to be barely used after the extravaganza is over, sold off or knocked down. In fact no new infrastructure at all, apart from filling in the potholes on the road.

Free to watch. No frustrating battle for overpriced tickets, just turn up at...

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The World Cup of Our Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2014 | (11:16)

The professionally cautious Roy Hodgson just couldn't resist it could he? 'England can win this World Cup' he declares on the eve of the tournament. Not if Roy consults the match histories elegantly provided by Brain Glanville's classic The Story of the World Cup they won't. No European side...

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Our World of Sport

(0) Comments | Posted 26 May 2014 | (19:54)

The glorious appeal of sport is its unpredictability. A year ago Man Utd won the League by 11 points with Sir Alex in his retirement pomp. A year later Utd managed to hold on to 7th place. The best sportswriters engage with the cause and effect of unpredictability to capture...

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Spring Into Action

(0) Comments | Posted 20 April 2014 | (11:31)

The Oxford Handbook of The History of Communism is as comprehensive as it is challenging. Communism sparked a counter all of its own making 'anti-communism' which is carefully dissected by the latest edition of the journal Twentieth Century Communism. French revolutionary of the '68 vintage, Daniel Bensaid's...

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