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Dr Robert J. Lake

Dr Robert J. Lake

Visiting Researcher

Location: Department of Sport Science, Douglas College, Canada
Email: laker1@douglascollege.ca
Telephone: +1 (604) 527-5930

Sport History, sport sociology

PhD (Brunel University), MA (University of Leicester), BSc (Hons) (Brunel University), FHEA

  Research Interests
History of tennis: social class/exclusion; gender/sexuality and behavioural etiquette; race/ethnicity, British/English national identity and Anglo-American relations; coaching practices, talent development, policy and politics
  Projects / Publications
Published books:

Wagg, S., Osborne, C., & Lake, R. J. (forthcoming). The Routledge Handbook of Tennis: History, Culture and Politics. (eds.). London: Routledge.

Channon, A., Fletcher, T., Dashper, K. & Lake, R.J. (2017). Sex Integration in Sport and Physical Culture: Promises and Pitfalls. (eds.). London: Routledge.

Lake, R. J. (2015). A Social History of Tennis in Britain. London/New York: Routledge.

Published journal articles:

Lake, R. J. & Eaves, S. J. (2017 – in press). Defeat, Decline and Disconnect: A Critical Analysis of Attempted Reform in British Tennis during the Inter-war Period. Sport in History 37 (1).

Eaves, S. J., Lake, R. J. & Cowdrey, S. (2016). The ‘Ghosts’ of Lawn Tennis Past: Exploring the Forgotten Lives of Early Working-Class Coaching-Professionals. Sport in History 36 (4).

Channon, A., Dashper, K., Fletcher, T., & Lake, R. J. (2016). The Promises and Pitfalls of Sex Integration in Sport and Physical Culture. Sport in Society, 19 (8-9), 1111-1124.

Lake, R. J. (2016). ‘Guys don’t whale away at the women’: Etiquette and Gender Relations in Contemporary Mixed-Doubles Tennis. Sport in Society, 19 (8-9), 1214-1233.

Lake, R. J. (2016). ‘That excellent sample of a professional’: Dan Maskell and the Contradictions of British Amateurism in Twentieth-Century Lawn Tennis. Sport in History, 36 (1) 1-25.

Lake, R. J. & Llewellyn, M. (2015). The Demise of Olympic Lawn Tennis in the 1920s: A Case Study of Shifting Relations between the IOC and International Sports Federations. Olympika XXIV, 94-119.

Lake, R. J. (2015). The “Bad Boys” of Tennis: Shifting Gender and Social Class Relations in the Era of Nastase, Connors and McEnroe. Journal of Sport History 42 (2), 179-99.

Lake, R. J. (2014). Discourses of Social Exclusion in British Tennis: Historical Changes and Continuities. International Journal of Sport and Society 4 (2), 1-11.

Lake, R. J. (2013). ‘They Treat Me like I’m Scum’: Social Exclusion and Established-Outsider Relations in a British Tennis Club. International Review for the Sociology of Sport 48 (1), 112-128.

Lake, R. J. (2012). Gender and Etiquette in ‘Mixed Doubles’ Lawn Tennis 1870-1939. International Journal of the History of Sport 29 (5), 691-710.

Lake, R. J. (2011). A Critique of Functionalist Values within Recent British Tennis Policy. International Sports Studies 32 (2), 47-59.

Lake, R. J. (2011). Social Class, Etiquette and Behavioural Restraint in British Lawn Tennis: 1870-1939. International Journal of the History of Sport 28 (6), 876-894.

Lake, R. J. (2010). ‘Managing Change’ in British Tennis 1990-2006: Unintended Outcomes of LTA Talent Development Policies. International Review for the Sociology of Sport 45 (4), 474-490.

Lake, R. J. (2010). Stigmatised, Marginalised, Celebrated: Developments in Lawn Tennis Coaching 1870-1939. Sport in History 30 (1), 82-103.
Also reprinted as a book chapter – see below

Lake, R. J. (2009). Real Tennis and the Civilising Process. Sport in History 29 (4), 553-576.
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