Rugby League in the National Imaginary of New Zealand Aotearoa

  title={Rugby League in the National Imaginary of New Zealand Aotearoa},
  author={Mark Falcous},
  journal={Sport in History},
  pages={423 - 446}
  • Mark Falcous
  • Published 1 September 2007
  • History
  • Sport in History
The intent of this essay is twofold. First, to reflect on the emergence, development and sociohistorical positioning of rugby league in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is broached by locating the game within the contested presence of particular sporting codes as they relate to constructions of national identity. In doing so it explores the historical development and resonance of the game within the contested sociocultural terrain of New Zealand sport space. Second, I seek to establish a provisional… 
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